A steep climb for lung cancer

A man and three woman wearing t-shorts that read 'Help shine a light' stand outside a building.
Fiona Stanley Hospital Respiratory Physician Dr Annette McWilliams, Advanced Trainee Respiratory Medicine Dr Sanjay Ramakrishnan and Thoracic Cancer Clinical Nurse Consultants Kirsten Mooney and Caitlin Broderick.
October 29, 2018

Members of Fiona Stanley Hospital’s respiratory team will be part of a team of health professionals completing a rigorous challenge at Jacob’s Ladder in Kings Park for Lung Cancer Awareness month.

Thoracic Cancer Clinical Nurse Consultants Kirsten Mooney and Caitlin Broderick organise an annual public awareness event as part of the Lung Foundation Australia’s Shine a Light on Lung Cancer campaign held across the country.

“Raising awareness about lung cancer and trying to reduce the stigma associated with it is really important,” Kirsten said.

“Lung cancer carries the stigma of being associated with smoking, yet 30 per cent of women and 10 per cent of men diagnosed have never smoked.

“Smoking contributes to 16 other cancers but lung cancer is by far the most heavily stigmatised. This leads to blame and shame and less public empathy, which inevitably can result in less research funds.

“Research is essential to improve outcomes, particularly as lung cancer has the lowest five year survival rates, which is 15 per cent compared to breast cancer survival rates of 90 per cent.”

The team will climb the 242 steps of Jacob’s Ladder 55 times, which represents the 12,741 Australians predicted to be diagnosed with lung cancer this year.  

“242 steps times 55 laps is 13, 310 – we rounded it up!”

The challenge will take place on Saturday 17 November 2018 with funds raised to be donated to lung cancer research at Lung Foundation Australia.

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