Welcome sign turns turquoise for lung health

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County commissioners and representatives of the American Lung Association of Nevada today turned the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign turquoise in support of the association’s Turquoise Takeover Week and Women’s Lung Health Week.

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer in men and women in the United States,” said Commissioner Michael Naft. “It is important to raise awareness of this deadly disease and to support vital research into new treatments and early detection.”

“The Lung Association is an excellent organization that provides valuable programs and services to patients and their families,” said Commissioner Justin Jones. “We are proud to support their efforts and encourage everyone to talk to their doctor and get checked out because early detection is key to surviving this terrible disease.”

It’s the ninth anniversary of 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 aims to raise awareness for lung cancer. Residents are encouraged to show their support for this effort by sharing positive images, videos and messages on the Nevada Lung Association’s social accounts on Twitter and Facebook (@LungNevada, @LUNGFORCE) as well as on Instagram (@ AmericanLungNV, @LUNGFORCE) using the hashtag #LUNGFORCENV.

The Lung Association encourages everyone to educate themselves about lung cancer and to speak to their doctor if they are concerned about their risk. More information is available on the association’s website at www.Lung.org.

County commissioners and representatives of the American Lung Association in Nevada lit turquoise bulbs installed on the famous welcome sign during a brief ceremony in front of the sign today. Bulbs, usually yellow, surround the edge of the panel. Like the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is in unincorporated Clark County.

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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11and-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7 of the nationand– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

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