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Local woman hopes her story helps spread awareness on World Lung Cancer Day

WAUSAU (WAOW) — The American Lung Association promotes ‘World Lung Cancer Day’ by highlighting advancements to help save lives.

Lung cancer deaths in the U.S. have decreased by 11.5 percent since 2013, according to the CDC. Still, however, it remains the number one cancer killer of men and women.

The organization is looking to help others fight back with the LUNG FORCE initiative.

It is estimated that over 4100 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 2500 will lose their life from it this year in Wisconsin, according to the ALA.

This is a reality the Kislow family knows too well; Jenny’s husband, Tom Kislow, a father who never smoked,  passed at the age of 35. Now, she’s continuing his fight with awareness through conversations.

“Bringing about early detection, awareness, and funding were hoping to bring more attention to lung cancer. Bring it more into the spotlight and make people more aware so what happened to my family doesn’t happen to other families as well,” said Jenny Kislow of the American Lung Association

The former athletic director at Antigo High School’s story shows the disease can affect anyone.

In most cases, like Tom’s, the cancer is diagnosed in the late stages. But the ALA is hoping to change that by promoting early detection with low dose CT scan screenings.

Eight million Americans are at high risk for lung cancer, and if every one of them was scanned, an estimated 25,000 lives could be saved.

For Information about the LUNG FORCE initiative, visit here.


Chase McNamara

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