The American Lung Association of New York and Lung Force will celebrate Women’s Lung Health Week through May 14 to raise awareness and defeat lung cancer in women.

Lung Force is an initiative launched by the American Lung Association, uniting the nation against lung cancer, the No. 1 cancer killer of women.

Steven LeRoy, chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors, and Kenan Baldridge, chair of the Wayne County Health and Medical Services Committee, issued a proclamation at a meeting April 19 to recognize May 8-14 as Women's Lung Health Week. Penny Gugino, director of the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes, a program of the ALA of the Northeast, accepted the proclamation.

“Lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer of women and men in the United States,” Gugino said. “We are so grateful that the local government in Wayne County is taking action to raise awareness about Women’s Lung Health Week and Lung Force by issuing this proclamation. We know that it will take a force of supporters for us to be successful in beating lung cancer and saving more lives, and we thank the county of Wayne for helping us take this important step in the right direction.”