The American Lung Association is turning the state turquoise this week. Spokeswoman Pat McKone says the goal is “to raise awareness of lung cancer and to educate folks about life-saving screaming that’s available.” Here in Minnesota, the Lung Association is illuminating major landmarks and buildings turquoise, including Allianz Field, Target Field, Capella Tower and the Mayo Clinic. McKone says lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer. In 2022 alone, it is estimated that nearly four-thousand Minnesotans will be diagnosed with lung cancer. McKone says early screening is highly recommended. And she says the five-year survival rate–the percentage of people who are still alive five years after being diagnosed–has increased by a dramatic 33% in the past decade.
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