The Tennessee Department of Health is promoting breast and lung cancer awareness in November with the annual Pink & Pearl Campaign.
The Pink & Pearl Campaign combines the pink ribbon, a recognized breast cancer awareness symbol, with the pearl ribbon representing lung cancer awareness. While breast cancer is the most common cancer in female Tennesseans, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women.
Federal guidelines recommend women begin regular mammogram screenings at the age of 50.
Adults ages 50 to 80 with a smoking history should talk with their health care providers about annual lung cancer screenings.