Clark County Commissioners and representatives from the American Lung Association turned the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign turquoise today in support of National Women's Lung Health Week.
"Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of American women and we all must do more to raise awareness of this deadly disease and support life-saving research into new treatments and better methods of early detection," Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. "Today, only 18 percent of lung cancer cases in women are diagnosed during the early stages of the disease. As early detection is the key to survival, we must do better."
This is the fifth anniversary of National Women's Lung Health Week, also known as Turquoise Takeover. Turquoise is the signature color of the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative which works to raise awareness of lung cancer. The Lung Association encourages everyone to learn about lung cancer and talk to their doctor if they are concerned about their risk. More information is available through the association's website at www.Lung.org.
County Commissioners and representatives from the American Lung Association turned on turquoise light bulbs installed on the world-famous Welcome sign during a brief ceremony in front of the sign today.
The light bulbs, which are usually yellow, surround the border of the sign. Like the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is in unincorporated Clark County.