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MEDIA ALERT: New Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide Released at ATS 2018, Featuring Expert Panel

New toolkit from American Lung Association, American Thoracic Society, will improve implementation of screening programs for lung cancer, the nation's #1 cancer killer

(May 15, 2018) - CHICAGO

For more information please contact:

Allison MacMunn
[email protected]

WHAT: A first-of-its-kind lung cancer screening implementation guide will be released by the American Lung Association and American Thoracic Society (ATS) during a symposium at the ATS 2018 International Conference. The toolkit will provide practical operational tools to promote implementation of and best practices in lung cancer screening programs for community hospitals and healthcare systems.

*Lung cancer screening experts, lung cancer patients, and representatives from the American Lung Association and American Thoracic Society are available for interview upon request.

WHY: Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths among both women and men. One reason lung cancer is so deadly is because it's often diagnosed at a later stage, when it is less curable. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends lung cancer screening for those considered at high risk, as screening can lead to early diagnosis, when survival rates are five times higher. While evidence exists for the potential to save 25,000 lives through screening, implementing a screening program is complex which has led to slow adoption of screening programs. To address this gap and facilitate effective implementation of lung cancer screening programs within healthcare systems, especially community and rural healthcare facilities, the Lung Association and ATS have joined forces to develop an implementation toolkit. The symposium will focus on providing practical operational tools to promote implementation of and best practices in lung cancer screening programs, as well as providing a guide for attendees to take home.

WHO: The implementation guide was developed in partnership between the American Lung Association and American Thoracic Society. The lung cancer screening experts who developed the implementation plan will present during the symposium, including chairs:

  • Carey C. Thomson, MD, MPH, Mt. Auburn Hospital Cambridge-Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Andrea McKee, MD, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, Mass.
  • Renda S. Wiener, MD, MPH, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass.
  • Peter J. Mazzone, MD, MPH, Cleveland Clinic, Respiratory Institution, Cleveland, Ohio

WHERE: Room 16 A-B (Mezzanine Level), San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.

WHEN: 9:15 a.m. PT, May 20, 2018

HOW: Register for the conference. To learn more about lung cancer screening and the implementation guide, contact Allison MacMunn ([email protected] or 312-801-7628) or Dacia Morris ([email protected] or 212-315-8620).


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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

About the American Thoracic Society

Founded in 1905, the American Thoracic Society is the world's leading medical association dedicated to advancing pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. The Society’s 15,000 members prevent and fight respiratory disease around the globe through research, education, patient care and advocacy. The ATS publishes three journals, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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