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November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month - The BIG Picture

 November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Lung Cancer is the top cause of cancer deaths in both men and women.  Today, smoking causes nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancer deaths, while radon gas, pollution, and other chemicals play a smaller role.  See a Visual Guide to  Lung Cancer here:

About 90 percent of lung cancers are attributed directly or indirectly to the use of tobacco products. "Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds, many of which have been shown to be cancer-causing, or carcinogenic. The two primary carcinogens in tobacco smoke are chemicals known as nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons."

Lung Cancer Diagnosis - Learn how Lung Cancer is diagnosed by reading or listening here:

Your doctor may suspect lung cancer if a routine physical exam reveals:

  • Swollen lymph nodes above the collarbone
  • A mass in the abdomen
  • Weak breathing
  • Abnormal sounds in the lungs
  • Dullness when the chest is tapped
  • Rounding of the fingernails
  • Unequal pupils
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Weakness in one arm
  • Expanded veins in the arms, chest, or neck
  • Swelling of the face 

See the BIG Picture at the Maps linked below

Examine Cancer Incidence Rates By State

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention Provides an Overview of All Cancers by State

The number of people who get cancer is called cancer incidence. In the United States, the rate of getting cancer varies from state to state.

In the following maps, the U.S. states are divided into groups based on the rates at which people developed or died from cancer in 2011, which is the most recent year with numbers available. The rates are the numbers out of 100,000 people who developed or died from cancer each year.

Cancer Incidence Rates by State (This information is quite interesting)

We invite you to click the link below to examine your state and more detailed stats:

Get the FACTS about Lung Cancer
Myth: If You've Smoked for Years, the Damage Is Done
Fact: It's never too late to stop smoking. Quitting has almost immediate benefits, including improved circulation and lung function. Risk of lung cancer begins to decline over time. Ten years after quitting, former smokers cut their risk of developing lung cancer by up to 50%.

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Color on Map Interval States
Light green 373.8 to 435.8 Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming
Medium green 435.9 to 457.6 Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont
Medium blue 457.7 to 477.2 Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin
Dark blue 477.3 to 509.3 Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
Light Gray Data not available‡ Nevada

*Rates are per 100,000 and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.
‡Rates are not shown if the state did not meet USCS publication criteria or if the state did not submit data to CDC.
†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality ... Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2014. Available at:

Cancer Death Rates by State

Rates of dying from cancer also vary from state to state.

All Cancers Combined.  More information available at the various links:

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An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

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Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

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Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

LISC CEO Talks Transportation Access on Global Citizen's “Vax Because”

As part of their worldwide vaccine access campaign, Vax Because, Global Citizen invited LISC CEO Lisa Glover and Uber's global head of social impact Julia Paige to discuss their $11 million Vaccine Access Fund, designed to upend barriers to transportation to vaccination sites—barriers that primarily affect undeserved communities of color. Said Glover in the video interview, together with Uber, “we can deliver the resources to our partners that are trusted on the ground, and they can work with their communities to get the transportation needs met.”

Grace Lee Boggs: An Ally in the Vanguard of Racial Justice

As LISC marks the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, assistant general counsel Ted Shen reflects on the imperative of allyship, and the extraordinary life and example of Grace Lee Boggs—philosopher, activist and exemplary ally in the struggle for racial and economic equity.

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