Climb to beat lung cancer
Lung cancer kills more women in Australia than breast cancer, and smoking is responsible for only about 24% of cases.
To raise funds and awareness and dispel the myths surrounding lung cancer, a group of health specialists will climb Jacob’s Ladder in King’s Park 55 times from 8am next Saturday, November 17.
Jacob’s Ladder is a climb of 242 steps from Mounts Bay Road up to King’s Park.
Climbing it 55 times as a team will represent the 12,741 Australians who are predicted to be diagnosed with lung cancer this year (242 steps multiplied by 55 equals 13,310, rounded up).
Every year in November, which is lung cancer awareness month, WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network’s thoracic cancer nurses Kirsten Mooney and Caitlin Broderick get involved in the public awareness campaign.
The team will wearing green Shine a Light on Lung Cancer T-shirts.
All proceeds will go straight to Lung Foundation Australia for lung cancer research.
Lung cancer has a strong stigma because of its link to smoking.
But 30% of women and 10% of men diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked, and many others stopped smoking several years before their diagnosis.
Respiratory physician Annette McWilliams said smoking contributed to 16 other cancers, but lung cancer was by far the most heavily stigmatised.
She said this led to blame and shame and less public em- pathy fpr lung cancer patients.
Inevitably, it could result in fewer research dollars, she said.
Research will help to improve outcomes because lung cancer has the lowest five-year survival rate – 15% compared with breast cancer’s five-year survival of more than 90%.
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Caitlin Broderick leads Annette McWilliams and Kirsten Mooney upJacob’s Ladder.