Lung Health

 

Better Breathers Club

The American Lung Association in Oregon supports many Better Breathers Clubs across Oregon that provide support for patients, family members, and friends.

The Better Breathers Club combines educational information with informal sharing and social opportunities. Educational programs include videos, literature demonstrations and presentations by guest physicians, respiratory therapists and other health care and social welfare professionals.

The "BBC" is also people helping people - an opportunity for mutual support and sharing ideas and experiences. BBC groups usually meet on a monthly basis in locations throughout the state. View a brochure to learn more about Better Breathers Clubs and sign up for the mailing list. You may also view a list of Oregon BBC groups and attend your local meeting. 

If you are interested in speaking at a Better Breathers Club, click here.  If you are interested in starting a Better Breathers Club in your area, please contact the American Lung Association in Oregon at healthinfo@lungoregon.org or call 503-924-4094.

 

Radon

The American Lung Association and the Environmental Protection Agency recommend that ALL homes be tested for radon.  Please test your home today.

In Oregon, 4% - 10% of homes are estimated to have radon gas leaks. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and kills approximately 22,000 Americans every year. This natural, radioactive gas rises from rocks and soil in the ground and seeps into homes and buildings through cracks in the foundation and walls. Radon is a gas you cannot see, smell, or taste.

radon

The American Lung Association in Oregon has test kits that can be purchased online for $14.00 (includes shipping/handling, laboratory results, and informational brochures).

The American Lung Association in Oregon is working with a dedicated group of radon professionals to address raising education and awareness of radon as a serious public health threat. Media campaigns, medical provider education, public policy, and surveys of Oregon risk by zip code include some activities of this coalition.
Questions about radon?  Contact us at healthinfo@lungoregon.org