Papatya Tankut: May 9, 2017

RAISING AWARENESS OF LUNG CANCER DURING NATIONAL WOMENS LUNG HEALTH WEEK
(MAY 7-13)

CVS HEALTH PARTNERS WITH AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION’S LUNG FORCE TO BEAT LUNG CANCER BY HELPING COMMUNITIES GO TOBACCO-FREE

Papatya Tankut
Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs for CVS Health

 

 

Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women and men in the U.S. and anyone can get lung cancer. For the 4th year, CVS Health is supporting the American Lung Association’sLUNG FORCE initiative with an in-store fundraising campaign throughout the month of May. These efforts are part of LUNG FORCE’s mission to make lung cancer in women a public health priority and increase awareness among the nearly 98 percent of women who do not have lung cancer on their health radars. From May 7 – 27, customers can stop by any CVS Pharmacy location to donate $1, $3 or more to LUNG FORCE and raise critical funds for lung cancer awareness, research and prevention, and learn how to help their communities go tobacco-free to make a difference against this deadly disease.

DID YOU KNOW?

·         Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women and men in the U.S.

·         Every 8 minutes, a woman loses her battle with lung cancer.

·         Only 18% of lung cancer cases among women are diagnosed early when the disease is most treatable. Survival rates are five times higher when lung cancer is detected early.

·         Awareness is critically low – 98% of women don’t have lung cancer on their health radar.

·         While anyone can get lung cancer, smoking is the leading risk factor for lung cancer, along with radon, air pollution and second-hand smoke exposure.

In 2014 CVS Health became the first national retail pharmacy chain to stop selling tobacco products. As the National Presenting Sponsor of the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, CVS Health is supporting LUNG FORCE by helping communities go tobacco-free to beat lung cancer. During National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 7th – 13th), CVS Health’s Papatya Tankut is available to educate listeners about the prevalence of lung cancer in women and what people can do to reduce their risk of lung cancer and tobacco-free.

MORE ABOUT PAPATYA TANKUT:

Papatya Tankut, R.Ph. is Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs for CVS Health. Tankut is responsible for engaging with nonprofit and health-based organizations to improve and enhance pharmacy care. Tankut began her career as a pharmacist at CVS Pharmacy in 1994. She has held various positions within the organization, including Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Services; Director, Pharmacy Recruiting and Professional Relations; and Manager of Professional and College Relations. In those roles she helped develop the company’s pharmacist recruitment strategies and initiatives, and oversaw the regulatory compliance, quality assurance and patient safety, and retail clinical services departments.

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