American Lung Association Hosts LUNG FORCE Expos, Showcasing Latest in Lung Health Research for Patients, Healthcare Providers
(January 17, 2017) - CHICAGO
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An estimated 32.2 million Americans are living with a lung disease, and according to the American Lung Association greater awareness about resources, screening and treatment options can improve the quality of life for those living with a lung disease. Serving as the nation's premier resource for lung health, the American Lung Association and its LUNG FORCE initiative are hosting LUNG FORCE Expos in cities across the nation to showcase the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung disease for healthcare providers as well as patients and caregivers.
LUNG FORCE Expos are one-day educational events for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers to learn more about lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and other lung diseases. Expos feature presentations from lung health experts, an exhibitor showcase and an opportunity for patients, caregivers and the local medical community to connect.
"There have been tremendous advancements in treatment and screening options for lung disease, and it's important for healthcare providers to be aware of and patients to have access to the latest in lung health information," said Katherine Pruitt, assistant vice president for health education at the American Lung Association. "Too many Americans are missing opportunities to improve their lung health, and LUNG FORCE Expos provide the latest on treatments for those living with lung disease and screening options for those who might be at risk."
LUNG FORCE Expos, according to Pruitt, are an important opportunity to raise awareness about lung diseases such as lung cancer. The Lung Association's 3rd annual Women's Lung Health Barometer found that despite being the #1 cancer killer of women, 98 percent of women do not have lung cancer as a top-of-mind cancer concern. LUNG FORCE—a national initiative led by the Lung Association to unite women against lung cancer—is working to raise awareness about lung cancer, its risk factors and screening options, including through Expos.
"Awareness about lung cancer and the availability of screening for high-risk populations is key to detecting lung cancer early, when more treatment options are available," said Pruitt. "LUNG FORCE Expos are educating the public and healthcare providers about lung cancer and new screening guidelines, and helping patients and their caregivers access support."
And it's not just lung cancer. COPD – a chronic lung disease that makes it hard to breathe – is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., yet according to Pruitt many Americans are unaware that they have this disease. In fact, between 2007 and 2010, around 8.5 million adults had been diagnosed with COPD, but another 18 million had evidence of impaired lung function, signaling they may have undiagnosed COPD. LUNG FORCE Expos provide information to healthcare providers as well as COPD patients and caregivers on emerging research, treatment options and support resources such as the American Lung Association's Better Breathers Clubs.
Hosted in cities across the nation, LUNG FORCE Expos are an important opportunity to improve lung health and prevent lung disease, whether at-risk for or diagnosed with lung cancer, COPD, asthma or another lung disease.
LUNG FORCE Expos are supported by Mylan, national sponsor of the patient/caregiver track for LUNG FORCE Expos during the 2016-2017 program year. Mylan has also provided important support for the Lung Association's Better Breathers Clubs, offering patient-centered and community-based educational opportunities and support to individuals with COPD and chronic lung disease, as well as their families, friends and support persons.
"LUNG FORCE Expos are a powerful opportunity to connect healthcare providers, patients and caregivers with information and resources that may save a life," Pruitt said. "And for many, Expos offer a chance to connect with a community of support."
For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health and LUNG FORCE Expos, contact Allison MacMunn at Media@Lung.org or 312-801-7628.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.