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  • Early Diagnosis: The stage at which someone is diagnosed with lung cancer varies by state. New LUNG FORCE "State of Lung Cancer" 2018 Report Looks at the Toll of Lung Cancer Across the Country
    March 2, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Every three and a half minutes, someone in the U.S. will die from lung cancer, accounting for about one in four cancer deaths. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 18.1 percent - much lower than those for many other common cancers, making lung cancer the leading cause of cancer deaths in the country. Why is diagnosing and treating lung cancer so complex?
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Dr. Renee walking up stairs at Fight For Air Climb Training for the Climb with Asthma
    February 27, 2018  |  Dr. Renee from the "The Ask Dr. Renee Show"
    I have recently made a decision to participate in the Fight For Air Climb in Chicago on March 11, 2018. I know you are probably saying, "Why would someone volunteer to climb 180 flights of stairs?!" On top of the physical challenge, I also have severe asthma.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • Test Your Lung Health Knowledge
    February 26, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It's time for a pop quiz, because who doesn't love a good exam? We sure do. Take this test with friends and family to see who knows the most about lung health and lung disease. Avid EACH Breath blog readers will ace it.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Donna Fernandez sitting with her two Eskimo dogs Clinical Trial Helps Lung Cancer Patient Live Active Life with Her Eskimo Dogs
    February 20, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Donna Fernandez's father died of adenocarcinoma at the age of 49, just six months after he was diagnosed, so when she learned she had the same disease, she knew exactly what it meant. "They told my husband that I would live for four months," she recalled.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Measuring spoons of sugar on table A Breakthrough in the Connection Between Sugar and Lung Cancer
    February 12, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Research is the key to new discoveries in lung health and over the past decade, we've seen strides made in lung cancer treatment and care. Personalized treatment is advancing thanks to biomarker testing and targeted therapies. New methods of early detection with low-dose CT scans can increase the chances of survival for individuals at high risk. Still, we know more research is needed to defeat lung cancer.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science,
  • winterrun_k Tips for Outdoor Exercise in Cold Temperatures
    February 9, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Frigid temperatures and winter conditions are an obstacle when trying to maintain a regular workout routine, but those obstacles don't need to be roadblocks. Cold air is often dry, and for many people, especially those with chronic lung disease, that means extra precautions.
    Related Topic:  Fitness
  • sotc_k State of Tobacco Control - Are Benefits from Reducing Tobacco Use Reaching All Americans?
    February 7, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It's no surprise that when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed the most important public health achievements in American history, tobacco control landed near the top. After all, tobacco use negatively impacts every organ in your body, and is linked to a staggering range of diseases and early death.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • California Wildfires Getting Clean Air to Help Communities Devastated by Wildfire
    February 2, 2018  |  Jenny Bard, Director, Health Partnerships, American Lung Association in California
    At 2 a.m. on the morning of October 9, I was awakened by a text message from my daughter with the frightening words, "We're evacuating." It would be a day of panic, disbelief and heartbreak as fires tore through Santa Rosa and other communities just north of San Francisco.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Wood-burning stove What You Need to Know About Your Wood-Burning Stove and Heater
    January 16, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Thinking of curling up with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book in front of a roaring fire? Indoor wood-burning stoves and heaters may have a quaint and traditional feel, but they produce harmful toxins that can damage your lungs and air quality indoors and outdoors.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Outdoor Air A Homeowner's Guide: Steps to Test & Reduce Your Exposure to Radon
    January 11, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    When it comes to owning a home, there are a litany of "honey do's"� but there is one item on the list you should not miss: a radon test. If you aren't familiar with radon, here's the scoop.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • My Quit Story Part 6: Finding Support
    January 8, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It feels like I quit smoking years ago, but really it's been just a few weeks. Quitting was hard at first, but the cravings got easier to handle day by day. I can now go a full day before wanting a cigarette, which feels like a huge accomplishment.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • My Quit Story Part 5: Replacing Cigarettes with Food
    January 7, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    I smoked for 41 years when I decided to quit, those first weeks came with some pretty intense smoking cravings. To beat them, I needed to keep my hands moving and that meant eating. Food became my replacement for smoking.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • My Quit Story: The First Week
    January 6, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    So I've officially quit smoking! And the first week of not smoking, well, it's tough. Smoking had become part of my routine. It was the first thing I did when I woke up in the morning. I had sometimes had to remind myself that I don't smoke anymore.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • My Quit Story: It's Quit Day
    January 5, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    I was ready to quit smoking before my Quit Day. Once I convinced myself that I was going to stop smoking, there was no turning back.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • My Quit Story: It's Time to Quit Smoking for Good
    January 4, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    So here's the truth: this is not my first time quitting smoking. As a smoker for 42 years, I've tried to quit a few times, sometimes for months at a time, but I always found a reason to light up again.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • My Quit Story My Quit Story: I Started Smoking at 15
    January 3, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    I began smoking for one simple reason: everyone around me did it. Both my parents were heavy smokers. I started smoking at 15, sneaking cigarettes from them when they weren't looking.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • My Quit Story
    January 2, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Dorothy's been a smoker for 42 years, and while she's tried to quit before, she's ready to take charge of her health and drop the habit for good. In six different posts, originally appearing on QuittersCircle.com, Dorothy shares her journey to becoming a quitter in the My Quit Story series. Follow along as she ditches cigarettes for good.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • Knoxville Spotlight on Success: How Knoxville Dramatically Reduced Ozone Smog and Became a Cleaner, Healthier City
    December 20, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    When the American Lung Association's Annual "State of the Air" report first landed in the news in 2000, the media interest around the report exploded in Knoxville, Tennessee, which the report ranked as the 12th most ozone-polluted city in the U.S.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Martha S. Saving More Lives Through Lung Cancer Screening
    December 19, 2017  |  Martha S.
    Lung cancer screening is key to saving more lives of those at high risk for the disease. I know because a scan saved me.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Holiday Gatherings How to Prepare Lung-Friendly Holiday Gatherings
    December 14, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    It's that time of year again, holiday party season is in full swing. Chestnuts are roasting, marshmallows are toasting, and we're here to help you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year without the added worry of your lung health.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
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