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Navicent Health Recognizes Lung Cancer & Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Events to Promote Lung & Pancreas Health Scheduled for November

MACON, GA (Friday, November 4, 2016) – Navicent Health will host a series of events during the month of November in recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month as well as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The community is encouraged to participate in these events to raise awareness and support for those with lung and pancreatic cancer.

  • American Cancer Society “Fresh Start” tobacco cessation classes
    • This four-week class begins the first Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m.
    • Cardiopulmonary Rehab, Navicent Health – 777 Hemlock Street, Macon (in the Luce Heart Institute, Navicent Health)
    • This four-week class meets once per week. Learn tips and tricks to stop smoking, and gain support from others who are also trying to quit.
    • For more information, please call 478-633-9090.

  • Benefit Night at Mellow Mushroom, Macon
    • Tuesday, November 15, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    • Mellow Mushroom – 5425 Bowman Road, Macon
    • Mellow Mushroom will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from this event to Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, Navicent Health for lung and pancreatic cancer awareness activities.

  • “Light the Night” for Lung and Pancreatic Cancer
    • Thursday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m.
    • Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, Navicent Health – 800 First Street, Macon
    • Join others in our community who are coming together to honor lung and pancreatic cancer survivors, and remember those who have been lost to these two diseases.
    • Free parking is available in the Blue Parking Deck.
    • Please call 478-633-8555 to register for this free community event.

  • Great American Smokeout
    • Thursday, November 17
    • This is a day for smokers and other tobacco users to “butt out.” Tobacco users are encouraged to use this day to create a plan to quit, or even quit for the day, in hopes of quitting for good.
    • Call 478-633-9090 for more information.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more men and women in the U.S. die from lung cancer than any other form of cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 224,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2016, and an estimated 158,000 people will die of the disease this year. Tobacco use, a leading contributor to lung cancer, remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. Quitting, even for a day, is an important step toward a healthier life.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, and approximately 42,000 people with pancreatic cancer will die of the disease this year. Tobacco use is a leading risk factor for pancreatic cancer, along with weight and obesity.

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