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Mission Moment September – 2017

(September 18, 2017)


At the American Lung Association, we extend our deepest sympathy and support for the families and communities impacted by this devastating hurricane and wildfire season. Floods, fires and other natural disasters can put anyone's lungs at risk. Especially vulnerable are children, older adults and those living with lung diseases. We've put together a number of resources to help you protect your lung health:


Coping with Lung Cancer Side Effects Webinar: Join us at 2 p.m. CT, October 3 for our webinar, "Coping with Lung Cancer Side Effects." Cardinale B. Smith, M.D., MSCR, associate professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will discuss tips for coping with lung cancer side effects, including those from treatment. This opportunity is made possible by generous support from Helsinn Therapeutics. Register for the webinar.

LUNG FORCE Hero: Linda D. shares how the loss of her mother to lung cancer motivated her to change careers, from a nurse to a lung cancer screening coordinator. Now she has the opportunity to work on a program that can help save lives by detecting cancer earlier.


Research Awardee Recommendations Consistent with Lung Association Initiatives: An article by Lung Association Lung Cancer Discovery Award recipient Dr. Samir Soneji was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health. Soneji assessed the challenges facing patients and healthcare providers to fully realize the benefits of lung cancer screening through low-dose CT scans, which the National Lung Screening Trial concluded reduced lung cancer mortality by 20 percent. Based on his analysis, Soneji recommends public awareness campaigns to reduce reluctance and misinformation around lung cancer screenings, while increasing the number of people who receive them. His analysis also showed that a telephone-based support program may help adult smokers overcome barriers to receiving a low-dose CT scan. Our work here at the American Lung Association is consistent with Soneji's recommendations. We launched a new awareness campaign with the Ad Council, "Saved By The Scan," to help motivate individuals at high-risk for lung cancer to talk to their doctor about low-dose CT scans. And as always, our Lung HelpLine also continues to serve as a nationwide resource for anyone with a lung health question.

Research Funding Open Application Period: The Lung Association will invest more than $6.6 million in lung disease research during fiscal year 2018, and grant applications are now being accepted for fiscal year 2019. Our Awards and Grants program funds the best and brightest scientific minds aimed at creating a world free from lung disease. The application period for our Awards and Grants program runs from August through December. Learn more about the research we support and see how to apply.


Feel Like a Walk? Our fall LUNG FORCE Walk season has begun. Participating in a walk is a great way to get active, meet people who care about lungs and raise funds to support our fight against lung cancer. Find a walk near you.


New Online Resource - Lung Procedures and Tests: Our website now offers a new section providing information on common lung procedures and tests associated with the many lung conditions we cover throughout the site. Topics include bronchoscopy, oxygen therapy, spirometry and more. This valuable new resource was created in partnership with the CHEST Foundation.


Supporting Strong Clean Car Standards: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering weakening greenhouse gas standards for cars. We need your help! The EPA is taking public comments, so we're working to show strong support of clean cars standards to protect public health from air pollution and climate change. We've created a sign-on letter for health and medical professionals. If you are a physician, nurse, MPH, etc., please sign on and share this letter with your colleagues. The deadline to sign is October 3. The Lung Association also sent a delegation to testify about the importance of clean car standards to EPA hearings on September 6. With your help, we can help protect the public health from air pollution and climate change.

Tobacco 21 Gains More Momentum: Three more states have approved Tobacco 21 laws. Increasing the legal age of sales for tobacco to 21 is a proven method to reduce the number of young people who begin tobacco use, leading to a life of addiction, illness and early death. In July and August, three additional states – Maine, New Jersey and Oregon – passed laws increasing the age of sale for tobacco products to 21. This brings the total number of Tobacco 21 states to five. Lung Association national and local staff worked together to help make these lifesaving laws a reality.

Our Efforts to Preserve Healthcare Protections Continue: Thanks to your help in reaching out to your senators in July and August, we were able to celebrate a momentary victory with the Senate's failure to pass their healthcare bill that would have left millions of Americans uninsured. We remain vigilant about any attempts to weaken or allow states to weaken the essential health benefits and other patient protections.

Protecting Funding for Health Programs: Congress continues to consider legislation to fund the federal government, including critical lung health programs. They came to an agreement in September to extend funding through December 8, temporarily staving off a government shutdown. Now they're using that time to debate funding levels and, unfortunately, consider amendments – many of them "poison pill" riders – that would hamper progress in reducing tobacco use and protecting healthy air. The Lung Association will remain active on Capitol Hill, fighting to make sure these bills do not roll back health protections or reduce funding of programs critical to protecting public health.


Blue logo of Each BreathLooking for the latest in useful, timely and even unusual information about lungs and lung health? Our EACH Breath blog is the place for you! Recent blogs dive into a wide range of topics, including highway air pollution and your health, facts about animal lungs, making the most of your asthma medicines and even a review of the bestselling book "When Breath Becomes Air," about a young neurosurgeon's battle with lung cancer.

Everything we do is made possible because of our great supporters, like you! The lifesaving work that is carried out by Lung Association volunteers and staff is only possible because so many generous donors across the country believe in and support our mission. If you would like to become more involved, we always have opportunities for those who share our passion for lung health to join in our work.

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