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Lung cancer: coloring Salt Lake City turquoise

Published May 14, 2014 9:42 am

Public health • A bigger risk than breast cancer lurks, national campaign warns.
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The color pink has become synonymous with breast cancer, a threat that most women are keenly aware of by now.

But the cancer that kills more women than any other is lung cancer, which now has its own signature color. Salt Lake City's Energy Solutions Arena glowed turquoise on Tuesday as part of a nationwide push by the American Lung Association to raise awareness and research funds for this hard-to-combat disease.

Anyone can get lung cancer, said Glen Lanham, executive director of the association's Utah chapter. About one in five Utahns diagnosed haven't smoked or were former smokers, he said.

Yet only 1 percent of women surveyed by the association identified lung cancer as being a top concern for them.