Fighting lung cancer one step at a time

Free to Breathe 5 k

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Lung cancer is the leading cancer-killer in both men and women in the country. A local group is working to change the statistic.

Saturday was the fifth annual Free to Breathe 5K at the Jacksonville Landing. Around one hundred people put on their running shoes to raise awareness for the disease.

In Jacksonville, 1,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer and 600 people die from it each year. Doctors say the symptoms are not usually caught until the later stages, and it has a low survival rate of around 15 percent at that point.

Doctors recommend an annual screening for people 55 years and older, currently smoking or quit in the last 15 years, and for individuals with a family history of the disease.

"There are a lot of people affected by this that have never touched a cigarette in their life," said lung cancer survivor Cliff Norton. "Giving back on this, it's not only inspiring for me, it's important. It has the potential to be life giving."

The group helped raise around $40,000 at this year's event towards lung cancer research.

For more information about Free to Breathe and to donate, click here.






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