Middle Tennesseans race to raise money for lung cancer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Saturday morning, hundreds of Middle Tennesseans participated in the Lungevity Foundation’s Breathe Deep Nashville Walk & Run.

The annual race raises money for lung cancer research and awareness.

The run/walk was held at Shelby Park in east Nashville, and includes 1.5 mile and 5K events.

This year’s participants raised more than $33,000 for the cause.

Dr. Jonathan Lehman, a thoracic oncologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, spoke about the prevalence of lung cancer.

“Cancer is the No. 2 killer in the United states overall, and lung cancer is the number one cancer killer, period. Lung cancer kills more people than colon, prostate and breast cancer combined.  If you look at how many patients die per day, it’s more than 433 people. That’s enough to fill a Boeing 747.”

According to the Lungevity Foundation, 1 in 15 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer.

Dr.  Lehman said, “Become informed, learn about lung cancer, stop smoking. If you smoke or have loved ones that smoke, urge them to stop smoking, urge them to get screening. If they have a history of smoking, they can get low-dose CT scans and should talk to their doctor about screening they can get to detect lung cancer early, so that it can be cured.”

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