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Governor Proclaims November Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Web Editor: Rhonda Erskine, Online Content Producer

Last Updated: 11/22/2006 7:16:04 PM

Wednesday, Governor John Baldacci proclaimed November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Maine. Speaking at a State House ceremony, Baldacci said Maine has made great strides in reducing teenage smoking and cutting exposure to second-hand smoke.

He said he's proud of Maine's progress but

cautioned that there's still work to be done.

The American Cancer Society says 1,030 Maine residents will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year and 960 of those diagnosed will die from the disease.

Two lung cancer survivors, Eileen Lewis and Debbie Violette, spoke at the event. Violette, an eight-year survivor, says her experience with lung cancer demonstrated to her that more must be done to help others stricken by the disease.

"I know first-hand how socially, financially, physically and emotionally devastating this disease can be, for the patients as well as their families. Lung cancer is so misunderstood and often looked at as a disease that is self-inflicted, because smoking is a primary cause," said Violette.

For more on Lung Cancer Awareness Month, click on the related link.



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