Lung Cancer and COPD - Raising Awareness This November

(November 3, 2010)

It may be no coincidence that November is both Lung Cancer Awareness Month and COPD Awareness Month.  Lung Cancer and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are two of the leading causes of death in America – and also among the most underappreciated. This November, the American Lung Association is shining a spotlight on these two deadly diseases, and sharing what’s being done to reduce their toll in American lives and their loved ones. Two new pages on our website are now dedicated to raising awareness about COPD and lung cancer year round.

Lung Cancer – The Top Cancer Killer
Lung Cancer is a tragic disease that takes a terrible toll on those with the disease, as well as their loved ones.  Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States.  In fact, more people die from lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancer.  The American Lung Association has long been the leader in the fight against lung cancer and is taking new steps to help both patients and their families.  Learn more .

COPD – Overlooked Lung Threat
Did you know that COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.? Or that it affects more than 13 million Americans?  If you don’t that’s part of the problem!   Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis – is a term used to describe the obstruction of airflow.   As part of our commitment to lung health, the American Lung Association is working to raise awareness of this overlooked lung health threat.  We have also created useful tools for COPD patients and partnered with others to help people with COPD live healthier, more active lives. Learn more .

Related Links:
Lung Cancer
Quitting Smoking
About COPD