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Hundreds to Gather for Latest on Number One Cancer Killer in U.S. - Inspiring Speakers and More at 3rd annual LUNG FORCE Expo in Maryland

Attending the LUNG FORCE Expo in Baltimore, Maryland is a great way to learn about the latest trends in lung health and about lung cancer, COPD, asthma and IPF

(March 19, 2018) - BALTIMORE, Md.

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 Maryland is proud to host the 2018 LUNG FORCE Expo in Baltimore for the third year.

The event will feature the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung health for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals, and will take place Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. The Expo will take place at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21244.

"This LUNG FORCE Expo is a terrific opportunity to not only learn about lung diseases like asthma, COPD and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, but also to find out the latest information surrounding lung cancer screening and early detection," said Deborah P. Brown, Chief Mission Officer, American Lung Association. "Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of men and women and anyone can get lung cancer. At LUNG FORCE Expos like this one, you can expand your knowledge, while sharing in the meaningful experience with others who are fighting lung disease."

Maryland's premier resource for lung health, the LUNG FORCE Expo is a one-day educational event that will showcase the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung disease for healthcare providers as well as patients and caregivers. Topics for professionals run the gamut; from identifying those who should be screened for lung cancer, to emerging therapies and treatment strategies for asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Patients can learn about how to live an active life with lung disease, lung cancer facts and treatments, understanding medicines and much more.

This year's LUNG FORCE Expo – Baltimore Keynote Speaker Dr. Janaki Deepak, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Deepak graduated from Seth GS Medical college in Mumbai, India and then went on to complete her radiology residency from King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India and was practicing as a radiologist. Upon her arrival to the U.S., she then went on to do her internal medicine residency at Medstar Harbor Hospital and her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Deepak is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

"I'm pleased and excited to be part of the LUNG FORCE Expo in Baltimore, Maryland," said Dr. Deepak. "Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men and women, taking more lives than any other cancer. One reason why lung cancer is so deadly is because it’s often diagnosed at a later stage, when there are fewer treatment options available. Thanks to the availability of a new lung cancer screening tool, the low-dose CT scan, we have a powerful opportunity to turn the tide against lung cancer and save lives."

The Expo will also feature Carol Donaldson of Annapolis, MD who will share her story of living with COPD, "My struggle with COPD started in 2001. I am thankful for the American Lung Association and its resources like the Better Breathers Clubs that provide support for those struggling with this lung disease."

The LUNG FORCE Expo in Baltimore is one month away from National Women’s Lung Health Week, held May 6-12, 2018. During that week, the American Lung Association in Maryland will ask businesses, organizations and landmarks to turn turquoise – the color of the LUNG FORCE campaign -- and show their LUNG FORCE support by wearing turquoise, and sharing photos on social media using #LUNGFORCE #ShareYourVoice and #TurquoiseTakeover; tagging @AmericanLungMD on Facebook and Twitter.

Media representatives receive complimentary admission and can RSVP by sending their contact information to The American Lung Association in Maryland Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or 717-971-1123, 717-503-3903 (cell).

Registration is $50 for healthcare professionals and free for patients and caregivers. To register for the expo visit: or call Diamond Hale at 302-565-2074 or [email protected].

Special thanks to our sponsors:  CVS Health; Cancer Treatment Center of America; Rare Patient Voice; FutureCare; Grifols; Gilchrist, Care Choices and Hospice Program; Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center, MARC Study; Johns Hopkins Home Care Group; and Maryland Department of Health, Center for Tobacco Prevention & Control.


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:

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