Interview Available: Jan Poulsen, Lung Cancer Survivor - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month | American Lung Association

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Interview Available: Jan Poulsen, Lung Cancer Survivor - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

(November 19, 2015) - SALT LAKE CITY, UT

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and, as the #1 cancer killer of women, you may be surprised to find out that only 1% of women even have lung cancer on their health radar. According to the American Lung Association’s newly released 2015 Women’s Lung Health Barometer, only a quarter of women at high risk have spoken to their doctor about their lung cancer risks.  

However, there is hope – 77% of women say they are likely to talk to their doctor after they learned more about the disease, underscoring the need for more education.

The American Lung Association LUNG FORCE initiative is uniting women and men everywhere to share their voice and make lung cancer a public health priority. In Utah in particular, the facts tell a startling story. There are about 679 new lung cancer cases in Utah every year. And, it’s estimated that more than 71,000 American women will lose their lives to lung cancer in 2015 alone.

I would like to offer you the opportunity to interview Jan Poulsen to open up the dialogue on lung cancer, the results of the 2015 Women’s Lung Health Barometer, and LUNG FORCE. Please let me know if you’re interested in an interview, and I’d be happy to coordinate. 

Thank you and look forward to connecting soon! 


Jamie L. Riccobono
Executive Director
American Lung Association in Utah
[email protected]


More About Jan Poulsen

Jan and her husband Keith have been married for 51 years.  They are the proud parents of 2 amazing daughters, 2 fabulous sons-in-law and 3 grand dogs.  Before retirement, Jan was a travel agent for 20+ years and was also a volunteer for the Cottonwood Heights Figure Skating Club.  She was a Board Member, and the Coordinator for the Synchronized Skating program, the Ice Angelzz, for 10 years.  She had the privilege of working on the Opening and Closing events for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Jan was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer in 2007.  She had surgery to remove her right lung, along with chemotherapy and radiation.  She was cancer free for 6 years, when she began to experience symptoms of dementia.  Her lung cancer had metastasized to her brain. Jan had brain surgery, followed by a couple of gamma knife surgeries, the latest being in November of 2014. In January of 2015, she started on a new chemotherapy pill which has been successful in keeping her cancer from recurring.

Jan loves spending time with her family, she loves to travel and she is an avid bowler and is on three bowling leagues.  She is an active supporter of non-profits such as LUNGevity and the American Lung Association in Utah.  Because it was later discovered that Jan’s cancer was caused by a high level of radon in her home, Jan is also a proud member of the Utah Radon Coalition, as well as the Utah Radon Policy Coalition.

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