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American Lung Association in Pennsylvania to Host Special Forum: New Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide Supports Adoption, Expanded Availability of Lifesaving Screening for #1 Cancer Killer - Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Forum: How to create a successful and effective lung cancer screening program at your healthcare facility to take place March 21

(March 6, 2019) - Harrisburg, PA

For more information please contact:

Ewa Dworakowski
[email protected]
717-971-1123

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania is proud to present the first ever Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Forum: How to create a successful and effective lung cancer screening program at your healthcare facility on Thursday, March 21 from 

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Best Western Premier in Harrisburg. The event will also be live streamed online here: Action.Lung.org/lungcancerscreeningforum. 

This forum is a program designed for healthcare organization administrators, insurers, and physicians to coordinate lung cancer screening implementation efforts by using local and national stakeholders, regional political insight, program evaluation, and effective communication techniques.

“Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men and women in America and that’s why the American Lung Association is working tirelessly with hospital systems across the country to help with implementation of lung cancer screening facilities,” said Deb Brown, Chief Mission Officer, American Lung Association. “Lung cancer screening, a low-dose CT scan, saves lives; screening is key to early detection – when lung cancer is diagnosed at an early stage it is more likely to be curable. If lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the likelihood of surviving 5 years or more improves to 56 percent.”

“Saved By The Scan” – a lung cancer screening campaign by the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative and the Ad Council -  aims to raise awareness of the benefits of early detection through lung cancer screening and drive high risk individuals to take a lung cancer screening eligibility quiz. Out of the 137,000 quiz completions (from August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018), 51,000 people who completed the quiz met all the criteria and qualify for lung cancer screening.

Approximately 8 million people in the U.S. are at high-risk for lung cancer and should talk to their doctor about getting screened. High risk individuals are anyone age 55-80 who is a current smoker or quit smoking in the last 15 years and smoked the equivalent of 30 “pack years” (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs for 15 years, or any combination of years and packs that equals 30). Former smokers are the primary audience for this campaign, as they make up approximately half of the population at high risk for lung cancer but often may not see themselves as being at high risk. If everyone at high risk were screened, about 25,000 lives would be saved.

Speakers, from a variety of fields, including Brown, will present current information regarding the best practices that surround lung cancer screening, featured in the American Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide. On May 20, 2018 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.

Other forum speakers include: 

Albert A. Rizzo, MD

Chief Medical Officer, American Lung Association

Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Christiana Care Pulmonary Associates

Troy Moritz, DO, FACOS

Director of Thoracic Surgery, UPMC Pinnacle

Loren Robinson, MD, MSHP

Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health

Flora Posteraro (Moderator)

Talent/Senior Multi-Media Specialist PennWatch.org, former TV Anchor/Reporter

Lung cancer screening (LCS) is a debated topic that encompasses multiple levels of care, access to screening centers, and insurance barriers. The goal of this forum is to educate and collaborate across disciplines to ensure all Pennsylvanians have the knowledge and resources to access affordable LCS. There will also be a panel and Q and A.

Through physician and provider education, policy modifications, and healthcare systems change, LCS implementation can become common practice across the commonwealth. Lung cancer advocacy in Pennsylvania has historically used legislative visits and media to educate policy makers on the benefits of best screening practices.

By participating in the Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Forum: How to create a successful and effective lung cancer screening program at your healthcare facility, hospital systems will learn the following objectives:

Identify the major barriers to lung cancer screening in Pennsylvania

Review recommendations to address these barriers and increase primary care provider referrals for lung cancer screening

Discuss best practices surrounding lung cancer screening implementation to develop a model to assist healthcare organizations in Pennsylvania to better serve the at-risk populations

Establish a statewide approach using the American Lung Association and the American Thoracic Society Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide to increase access to screening facilities and the number of at-risk Pennsylvanians screened

Determine necessary steps to incorporate tobacco cessation, health education, and other tobacco-related resources into existing care practices

For media interested in speaking with an expert about this upcoming forum or all issues lung health, contact the American Lung Association Eastern Division Communication’s Director Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or 717-503-3903.

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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: Lung.org.

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