HARRISBURG, Pa.  (August, 27 2011) – From Los Angeles to Atlanta to Harrisburg, Free to Breathe® event participants across the country will walk, run, stretch and tee off this year to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by lung cancer through the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s research, education and awareness programs. Harrisburg-area residents will have their chance to join the movement at the second annual Free to Breathe® Harrisburg 5K Run/Walk on August 27, starting from Riverview Pavilion on City Island.

Meet Dr. Rajiv Panikkar, a medical oncologist at Geisinger in Central PA.  Although Panikkar trained in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, he has returned to his hometown to bring quality care to the people he grew up with.

This week is designated as "Men's Health Week."  So, Radio Smart Talk has dedicated an episode to focus on cancers that primarily target men.

We all know how reluctant we men are when it comes to getting regular physical checkups or going to the doctor when sick. Preventive screenings for diseases like heart disease and cancer, the two leading causes of death of American men, are rarely given much consideration.  But that could be a devastating mistake.

I began this journey with an odd pain in my right side when I coughed or sneezed.  When I finally sought medical care, it took two years to identify the source...lung cancer.  At one point, in the midst of all this, I even asked my doctor if this could be something really bad.  It just seemed so unnatural to have a chronic pain like that with no explanation over the course of several years.  I had a bad feeling and I wish I would have pushed harder.

Stephanie Haney is a never-smoker who is facing stage IV lung cancer.

I am 42 years old.  I am married with two beautiful little girls who are six and eight.  I have a nice home, in a nice neighborhood, and I am well-educated with a good job.  I like beaches and soccer games and swim meets, animals, Vera Bradley, and Disney World. 

She's 93. A poet, an artist ... and a fighter. Doris Myers is going head-to-head with cancer for the third time.

Ken Swope is a quiet man, raised on a Pennsylvania farm. And now, in quiet way, he's coming to grips with a sad truth.

She's 93. A poet, an artist ... and a fighter. Doris Myers is going head-to-head with cancer for the third time.

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