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Mission Moment June - 2018

(June 18, 2018)

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Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide: In May, the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) joined forces to present the new Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide at the annual ATS conference in San Diego. Intended for community hospitals and healthcare systems, the implementation guide recognizes that a successful and effective lung cancer screening program requires careful coordination. This guide is a pragmatic step-by-step plan to help design, implement and conduct low-dose CT screening programs for lung cancer. Learn more.

Julie V.

LUNG FORCE Hero: Julie V. is a nurse who is well acquainted with lung disease. But the biggest reason she supports LUNG FORCE and the American Lung Association is her mother, who is now battling both lung cancer and COPD. Read her story, and you'll understand why we fight for a world free of lung disease.


ATS 2018 panelists

Panelists Carey Thomson, M.D., MPH; Renda S. Wiener, M.D., MPH; and Peter J. Mazzone, M.D., MPH sharing the Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide at the ATS Conference this May.

Lung Association Research Presented at ATS: More than 40 American Lung Association researchers presented their Lung Association supported work at the American Thoracic Society's 2018 International Conference in May. In addition, the Lung Association's new research funding opportunities were shared at a special session on funding opportunities. Investigators from our Airways Clinical Research Centers network presented outcomes and findings of recent trials. A particular highlight was a special joint symposium with ATS to announce publicly the upcoming website for the Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide, highlighted at the top of this newsletter.

Seeking Treatment to Stop Spread of Lung Adenocarcinoma:  Detection of lung adenocarcinoma is difficult and most patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease. Cancerous cells frequently metastasize, so that even when the tumor is removed from the lung, patients quickly relapse as the cancer spreads. Through funding by the American Lung Association, Linda Van Aelst, Ph.D. is seeking treatment to stop the spread of lung adenocarcinoma.


Protecting Lungs From Vog: Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and has been actively erupting in recent weeks. To alert the public about the health impacts associated with such an eruption and the resulting vog (a mix of dangerous components from the volcano), the Lung Association took the lead in sharing information with the public through, social media and the news media. Janice Nolen, National AVP, Public Policy, conducted media interviews with AARP, Accuweather and CNN on the topic, as well as a live television interview with The Weather Channel, which was aired several times.


Collette, Guided by Travel: Collette is generously supporting the American Lung Association! From now until June 30, 2018, Collette is contributing $125 to the American Lung Association for each trip booked and offering American Lung Association supporters a discount on travel. Learn more at


Reporting Kid-Friendly E-Cigarette Products: Please be on the lookout (both online and in your community) for egregious instances of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products that resemble kid-friendly products, including juice boxes, cereal, cookies and candy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is beginning to crack down on these products, and we hope their actions will ultimately result in all of these products being removed from the marketplace. If you see a product, online or in person, that closely mimics a food product, please take a picture and submit it directly to the FDA. This will help FDA in sending warning letters to manufacturers of these dangerous, kid-enticing products.


EPA's Proposal to Censor Science: EPA is considering a "censoring science" rule that would force the agency to ignore health studies showing the impacts of air pollution on patients. This proposal could permanently prevent EPA from setting air pollution standards that truly protect health. EPA is collecting public comments through August 16. You can help us fight this harmful rule.

  • Share this online petition pushing back on EPA's "censoring science" rule. There is one option for everyone to sign, and one option specifically for health professionals to sign.
  • Learn more in this fact sheet online about the rule.
  • Check out and share our new ad, featuring our iconic Red Carriage, focusing on the censoring science fight.

EACH Breath Blog

Our latest EACH Breath blog explores the question, "Does Exposure to Pest and Pet Allergens Reduce a Child's Asthma Risk?" A recent study indicates that young children exposed to pet or pest allergens were at a lower risk of developing asthma. But, it might not be that simple.

The American Lung Association is here for you! With hot summer weather comes high ozone days. Ozone pollution is harmful to breathe, especially if you have a lung disease like COPD, asthma or lung cancer. Learn more and protect your health. Questions about lung health, lung cancer or quitting smoking? Our Lung HelpLine can help. Just call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872). Health education services like our Lung HelpLine are only possible because of the many generous donors across the country who support our lifesaving mission. THANK YOU for all you do!

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