LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - November is lung cancer awareness month.
Some people fighting against the disease say more survivors need to speak up.
According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both American men and women.
It accounts for approximately 28 percent of all cancer deaths.
More than 370,000 people in the U.S. currently live with lung cancer, the ALA reported.
La Crosse's Sue Eber is lung cancer survivor.
She was first diagnosed seven years ago and has been battling stage 4 lung cancer ever since.
Sue is speaking out about lung cancer to raise awareness and debunk misconceptions. For example, many people diagnosed with lung cancer are asked if they're smokers.
"You talk about the stigma of lung cancer, and it's a very big part of lung cancer. I can't tell you how many people said to me when they found out I had lung cancer, ‘Oh, did you smoke?' Well, I might have said that to someone myself at some point in my life. I don't remember, but I might have. But, I can tell you what it feels like when they ask you that," Eber said. "It feels like exactly like you mentioned, ‘then you deserve it…' You know what? No one deserves any kind of cancer. Any kind."
Eber is helping fight against lung cancer and hopes enough people join her so one day doctors have enough research to find a cure.
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