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Hundreds of West Virginians to Gather for Latest on Number One Cancer Killer in U.S., Inspiring Speaker and More at LUNG FORCE Expo

(October 31, 2017) -

It’s a fact, more people die of lung cancer than from breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. That’s why the American Lung Association in West Virginia is proud to host the 2017 LUNG FORCE Expo for the second year. LUNG FORCE is a nationwide initiative led by the American Lung Association to unite women to stand together against lung cancer.

The LUNG FORCE Expo will feature the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung health for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals, and will take place Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Embassy Suites, 300 Court Street in Charleston, West Virginia.

Hundreds of lung disease patients and professionals from West Virginia will gather to watch speakers from a variety of fields present the latest medical based research on lung disease. Topics for professionals run the gamut; from asthma/COPD overlap syndrome, radiation therapy for lung cancer, and tobacco cessation with mental health and substance abuse populations. Patients can learn about: palliative care, getting the most from your inhaled medication, cancer survivorship, and more.

“November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This LUNG FORCE Expo is a terrific opportunity to learn about the importance of early lung cancer screening and early detection,” said Deborah P. Brown, Executive Vice President, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. “To help Americans live longer, healthier lives, we must find better methods of detection, treatment and cures for all lung diseases.”

Expo attendees will also learn about Saved By The Scan, the first-of-its-kind campaign between the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative and the Ad Council that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of lung cancer early detection through lung cancer screening. The campaign will drive high-risk individuals to talk to their doctor and visit to learn more and take a lung cancer screening eligibility quiz.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Stephenie Kennedy, an Associate Center Director at the WVU Cancer Institute and a faculty member in the division of hematology oncology. Dr. Kennedy directs the office of Cancer Prevention and Control, the outreach, education, and population-based research arm of the Cancer Center. Stephenie has a special interest in the education and development of healthcare professionals and interdisciplinary team research, as well as addressing patient barriers in medically underserved areas.

Kennedy will also be available for media interviews. Media representatives receive complimentary admission and can RSVP by sending their contact information to American Lung Association in West Virginia Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected].

Registration is $50 for healthcare professionals and free for patients and caregivers. Registration is open online at or by calling 304-342-6600.  

A special thank you to our West Virginia LUNG FORCE Expo sponsors:


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About the American Lung Association in West Virginia

The American Lung Association in West Virginia 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 in West Virginia 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 in West Virginia, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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