Lung Disease

COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, recently surpassed stroke as the third leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 13.1 million American adults have been told by their doctor they have COPD, but studies of lung function indicate that many struggle with symptoms without getting a proper diagnosis. The number of Americans living with COPD may actually be as high as
24 million. COPD is a very costly disease: According to the National Institutes of Health, the total healthcare cost of COPD in the United States will be $29.5 billion in 2010, and an additional $20.4 billion in lost productivity.
For over 100 years, the American Lung Association has been a champion for people affected by lung disease. Today, the Lung Association enjoys high levels of awareness and trust from the public, and is well-regarded for basing its prevention, education and advocacy actions on proven science. With its nationwide presence of staff and thousands of volunteers, no other organization is better suited to lead a comprehensive nationwide initiative to address COPD. Through this initiative, the American Lung Association is focused on the following:
• Increasing awareness of COPD as the third leading cause of death.
• Increasing understanding that COPD is preventable and treatable.
• Implementing an advocacy strategy to address COPD as a national health priority.
• Reducing the health, economic and social burden of COPD for patients, their families and caregivers, thus improving their quality of life.

CODP Document 

 

Lung Cancer 

Lung cancer is a significant public health and economic burden in the United States. The second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women, lung cancer is also the leading cause of cancer death in the country. According to the National Institutes of Health, the total direct medical cost of cancer in the United States was $228 billion in 2008. It is estimated that approximately $9.6 billion are spent in the country on lung cancer treatment alone.  The American Lung Association has for over 100 years been a champion for those affected by lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and research.  Because the American Lung Association is well known and trusted by the public, is well regarded for basing its prevention, education and advocacy actions on good science and because there is a nationwide presence of staff and thousands of volunteers, no other organization is better suited to lead a comprehensive nationwide initiative to support people living with lung cancer.  Through this initiative, the American Lung Association established an advocacy strategy to address lung cancer as a national health priority, provides education and support for persons diagnosed with lung cancer, their families and caregivers, and is a nationwide leader in increasing awareness of lung cancer as the number one cancer killer.

Lung Cancer Document



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Radon

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

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.

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

The American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific is working with a dedicated group of radon professionals to address raising education and awareness of radon as a serious public health threat.

Questions about radon?  Contact us at healthinfo@lungmtpacific.org