News Headline: Photo Exhibit Spreading Awareness of Lung Cancer Prevention
Outlet Full Name: Surf Kentucky News
Author: David Gillum
Kentucky lung cancer survivors were honored Monday during the unveiling of a photo exhibit called “Faces of Lung Cancer” in the atrium of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center’s Combs Research Building.
The exhibit, coordinated by the Kentucky Cancer Program to spread awareness of lung cancer and prevention, showcased photos of nine cancer survivors along with a personal statement. The photos were taken by Richmond photographer Tim Webb.
Director of the Kentucky Cancer Program Debra Armstrong said the exhibit demonstrates the magnitude of how lung cancer affects Kentuckians, and to bring awareness about it as the most preventable cause of cancer deaths.
“Nothing is more powerful than when a message is carried by a survivor,” said Armstrong. “Someone who has actually been there, who has traveled that road, knows the challenges. It’s very important, I think, because these are Kentuckians. These are people from their community, who they trust that are also carrying this message. From that perspective, I think it’s very powerful.”
Armstrong said there are three sets of the exhibit that will be available for display in communities throughout Kentucky. The exhibit will be on display in the atrium of Combs Research Building through Dec. 16.
According to the Kentucky Cancer Program, 158,000 people die from lung cancer every year. It is estimated that 3,500 Kentuckians will die from lung cancer this year, a rate that is 46 percent higher than the national average.
Kathy Sinclair is a cancer survivor who is showcased in the exhibit. She said she hopes the display will give encouragement to those affected by lung cancer to continue fighting the disease.
“I am really thrilled because lung cancer affects so many Kentuckians. I am delighted that it is now getting the attention that it really, really deserves,” said Sinclair. “I hope, too, that because it goes around, people will see faces and identify that these are real people behind this disease and they deserve just as much care and compassion as anybody else facing a deadly cancer.”
For anyone interested in having the exhibit on display, go to www.kcp.uky.edu to find the contact information for their local cancer control specialist.