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It’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month - Join the LUNG FORCE

PHOTO: Pat Hillmann of Milwaukee, who never was a smoker, is undergoing lung cancer treatment right now, says Lung Cancer Awareness Month is a time for women to understand lung cancer rates are actually increasing among women in Wisconsin, and lung cancer can strike anyone, not just smokers. Photo courtesy American Lung Association - Wisconsin.
PHOTO: Pat Hillmann of Milwaukee, who never was a smoker, is undergoing lung cancer treatment right now, says Lung Cancer Awareness Month is a time for women to understand lung cancer rates are actually increasing among women in Wisconsin, and lung cancer can strike anyone, not just smokers. Photo courtesy American Lung Association - Wisconsin.
November 10, 2014

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Early in 2009, Pat Hillmann, an executive with a large insurance company in Milwaukee, had a cough that wouldn't go away. She had never been a smoker, but knew something wasn't right.

"I went to an allergist thinking maybe it's allergies," Hillmann says. "He did a series of tests including a chest x-ray and the minute that doctor looked at the x-ray he knew I may have a cancer."

Hillmann's fight against lung cancer is not over and she must undergo still another round of chemotherapy. The American Lung Association says more than two-thirds of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers.

"Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women but really it's not very much on women's radar screen yet," Hillmann says. "We have to do more and more to educate women about the dangers of lung disease and lung cancer in particular."

In the last 36 years, the lung cancer rate has fallen 28 percent among men, while increasing 98 percent among women.

Hillmann says women need to be aware of the facts.

"I would encourage women to look at their health very proactively, to get the answer you need sooner than later," she says. "The one thing about lung cancer is you really have to catch it early in order to be effective in combating this disease."

Hillmann credits strong support from her family, friends, and co-workers in helping her cope with lung cancer. She wants women, particularly, to be aware of the American Lung Association's new LUNG FORCE campaign.

"That is drawing attention to women with lung cancer and I would encourage anyone who's interested to go out to the ALA website and look up LUNG FORCE if you want to get more information about this phenomenal campaign," she says.

The site is also available directly at lungforce.org.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI