American Lung Association turns LA turquoise to help raise awareness and increase lung cancer screenings

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Several buildings and landmarks in the Los Angeles area will be illuminated with turquoise lights this week as part of the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Campaign.

Each year during the second week of May, the organization turns to the country to help raise awareness for lung cancer.

LA City Hall, Union Station and the US Bank Tower are some of the participating buildings.

Additionally, The Lung Association’s Los Angeles team will host an open house on May 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at its Mid-City offices to kick off its annual “I Wear Turquoise” campaign.

According to the organizationan estimated 17,450 California residents will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year alone.

However, the Lung Association said the percentage of people who are still alive five years after being diagnosed has increased by 33% over the past 10 years.

“Awareness and funding for lung cancer is more important than ever,” said Frances Mojica, executive director of the American Lung Association in Los Angeles. “We encourage our community to get involved in Turquoise Takeover.”

For more information, visit the American Lung Association website.

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Andrew B. Reiter