Blow a Kiss® to Raise Awareness of Lung Cancer in Women

While lung cancer can affect anyone, most people don’t realize that lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in women. In fact, lung cancer kills more women each year than breast, cervical and ovarian cancers COMBINED.

Help us raise awareness about women and lung cancer! Support the Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s campaign for a chance to be featured on our website and social media pages!

Blow a Kiss® on Social Media

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and it's the perfect time to share the facts about lung cancer. Join us on social media and Blow a Kiss® to someone you love to raise awareness of lung cancer in women.

How to participate

  1. Follow the Lung Cancer Research Foundation on social media
    • Facebook and Instagram: @lungcancerresearchfoundation
    • Twitter: @Lung_Fund
  2. Take a selfie, photo, or video “blowing a kiss” to someone you love
  3. Post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #blowakiss, tag @lungcancerresearchfoundation, and invite others to participate
  4. Make a donation to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

Learn the Facts about Women and Lung Cancer

Download our fact sheet about women and lung cancer

  • Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in women.
  • Lung cancer kills more women than breast, ovarian and cervical cancers combined.
  • Worldwide, over 400,000 women die of lung cancer each year.
  • While lung cancer diagnoses have been steadily decreasing for men, they appear to be leveling off for women in recent years.
  • Lung adenocarcinoma is the most common type of lung cancer found in women (and men) in the US.
  • Lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as the leading cancer killer of women.
  • While smoking represents the number one risk factor for developing lung cancer, up to 20 percent of women who are diagnosed with lung cancer may have never touched a cigarette.
  • Non-smokers who develop lung cancer are more likely to be women than men.
  • In 2018, an estimated 70,000 women will die of lung cancer in the US.
  • Lung cancer in women who have never smoked tends to occur in younger women and Asian women.

About the Blow a Kiss® Campaign

Read the campaign press release

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s women and lung cancer campaign has been supported in part by AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, and Takeda.

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