Mission Moment February - 2016
(February 16, 2016)
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During his final State of the Union Address on January 12, President Barack Obama issued a bold challenge to America: cure cancer. He charged Vice President Joe Biden, who lost his son Beau to cancer in May 2015, with spearheading a "moonshot" type effort to make America the country that cures cancer. On February 1, we met staff from Vice President Biden's office about this initiative, and later that same day, President Obama announced that he will request an additional $750 million in funding for cancer research in the fiscal year 2017 budget. This is exciting news, with great implication for lung cancer. Learn more about the "moonshot" to cure cancer and how you can raise your voice in support.
The Lung Association is proud to be an advocacy partner of the Lung Cancer Master Protocol (Lung-MAP). It's a first-of-its-kind clinical trial that uses a multi-drug, targeted screening method to match patients with studies of investigational new treatments. Dr. Vali Papadimitrakopoulou, Lung-MAP Principal Investigator, and member of our Lung Cancer Expert Medical Advisory Panel, reports that, Lung-MAP is "the most sophisticated attempt yet" to test new treatments for squamous cell lung cancer.
Exposure to radon gas is the second leading risk factor for lung cancer. In honor of Radon Action Month, the Lung Association co-hosted a Twitter chat with Janet McCabe, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation on January 21. The chat discussed radon, lung cancer, the National Radon Action Plan (which we helped create) and the importance of getting your home tested. This blog post by our National President and CEO, Harold Wimmer promotes the National Radon Action Plan highlighting the need to test homes.
At the LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day in Washington DC (March 16), we are thrilled to have one Hero from every state in the U.S. in attendance. Participants will meet with their two senators and representative to share their personal stories and ask for sustained and increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) so that there can be better treatments and early detection for lung cancer.
Lung Force Hero
Janet M. shares her inspiring story of what it's like to be both a lung cancer patient and lung cancer caregiver. Share your voice and hear from other LUNG FORCE Heroes. Want to do more? LUNG FORCE Expo and Walk season is approaching. Find an event to participate in near you.
American Lung Association Research Team Member, Samir Soneji, PhD, Lung Cancer Discovery Award
When the findings from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) came out in 2011, there was much excitement about the potential for low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans to save lives among people with lung cancer. The study found people who received low-dose CT scans had a 15 to 20 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than people who received standard chest X-rays. But results from clinical trials such as NLST don't always translate into real-world medicine, says Samir Soneji, Ph.D.
With an American Lung Association Lung Cancer Discovery Award, Dr. Soneji is studying what patients know about lung cancer screening and whether the people who can most benefit from screening are the people receiving CT scans. The study uses data from a survey that asks thousands of adults questions about their health, including their knowledge of lung cancer screening. Dr. Soneji will also look at complication rates of lung biopsies and lung cancer surgery, and follow patients to see if they were hospitalized or died from complications of surgery. The findings can help improve the effectiveness of screening, identify barriers to lung cancer screening and, consequently, where to focus our efforts to improve the quality of screening. Learn more about Dr. Soneji and our research program.
Photo Caption: American Lung Association Research Team Member, Samir Soneji, Ph.D.
Do you or a loved one have COPD? The Lung Association is hosting an upcoming Living Well with COPD webinar for patients and caregivers on Tuesday, February 23 at 3 p.m. ET. This free webinar will feature a panel of experts discussing tips for successfully managing life with COPD. Register today.
Exposure to secondhand smoke is a major health risk for the two million residents of federally-owned public housing. On January 6, the Lung Association was well-represented at the White House Convening on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's proposed Smokefree Public Housing Rule. The proposed regulation will require all federally-owned public housing properties to adopt smokefree air policies which will protect residents from exposure to secondhand smoke at home. Our National President and CEO Harold Wimmer led the Lung Association's delegation and Assistant Vice President for National Advocacy Erika Sward spoke during a panel discussion on stakeholder issues. We also submitted joint comments with 36 partners on the proposed regulation on January 19.
On February 3, we released "State of Tobacco Control 2016," the 14th annual report that evaluates key federal and state tobacco control policies. This signature report found that policymakers in Washington, DC, and across the country are still failing to take action to end tobacco-caused death and disease. The report also finds that nearly 1 in 4 kids use tobacco products, and that a dramatic increase in youth use of tobacco products other than cigarettes threatens to undo America's overall progress in the fight against the number one preventable cause of death in the nation. See how your own state fared.
Two of our staff members were privileged to represent the Lung Association at the first-ever Summit on Environmental Hazards and Health Effects organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects (EHHE). The summit provided a forum for CDC partners and grantees to interact face-to-face with environmental health colleagues from across the country and to promote future collaborations on environmental public health priorities and discuss ways to improve environmental public health nationally and internationally. Barbara M. Kaplan, MPH, CHES, our Director of Lung Health Education, presented results from our previous five-year cooperative agreement with the CDC on Reducing the Burden of Asthma in Adults at Work. Among the results of this project were:
- The Guide to Controlling Asthma at Work - for working adults with asthma to help them recognize and manage work-related asthma.
- The Guide to Safe and Healthy Workplaces - for employers and workplace wellness providers to create lung friendly workplaces.
- Breathe Well, Live Well: The Guide to Managing Asthma at Home and Work – an effective asthma self-management program that was used as the education component for an in-home case management program targeting Spanish-speaking adults and seniors.
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