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American Lung Association Releases Educational Videos to Raise Awareness during Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

Video series are part of the Lung Association's vast new library of resources that offer hope to those coping with this serious, life-threatening lung disease

(September 6, 2018) - FLOWOOD, Miss.

For more information please contact:

Britney Reddick
[email protected]
470-233-7030

Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a rare lung disease that causes irreversible scarring of the lungs and makes it hard to breathe.  This chronic lung disease is often fatal, with most succumbing to the disease three to five years after diagnosis. In a new series of videos produced by the American Lung Association, Randy Cooke shares his tips on what he's learned after being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)—the most common type of pulmonary fibrosis that affects 140,000 Americans and with an estimated 50,000 new cases each year. The videos can be found at Lung.org/pf or by visiting the American Lung Association's YouTube page at YouTube.com/user/americanlung.

"During Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month this September, the Lung Association asks the public to share these videos with friends and family to help us raise awareness," says Amy Ellis, Director of Health Promotions, American Lung Association. "Most cases of pulmonary fibrosis have no known cause and currently there is no cure. There is still much to be discovered on how to prevent and treat this serious lung disease and there is no better time to increase public awareness than during Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month."

This September, the American Lung Association recommits its efforts to combat pulmonary fibrosis and supporting patients and caregivers through its online support communities.

In addition, pulmonary fibrosis patients and caregivers can receive in-person support from medical providers and others living with the disease at  Better Breathers Clubs.  These Clubs offer access to local resources and advice on how to cope with pulmonary fibrosis while getting the support from others who are also living with chronic lung diseases. Local Better Breathers Clubs can be found at Lung.org/better-breathers. In addition, the Lung Association offers lung disease educational sessions at LUNG FORCE Expos across the country. To find a LUNG FORCE Expo near you visit LUNGFORCE.org/expos.

"While you can't cure pulmonary fibrosis, there are a number of things you can do to maintain a good quality of life and stay as healthy as possible and Better Breathers Clubs offer practical and useful information to help you stay active, reduce stress, protect your lungs and manage side effects," says Gwen Ellzey, RRT, an American Lung Association Better Breathers Club facilitator at Forrest General Hospital. "Working together, we can offer hope to everyone affected by chronic lung disease."

Lung.org/pf is a new online resource for patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and advocates to learn more about pulmonary fibrosis, download resources and videos, learn about treatment information, sign up for continuing medical education (CME) courses and find resources near you. Through tailored pathways, you can find the support and information you need no matter where you are on your path with pulmonary fibrosis.

Media requesting an interview with a lung health expert, please contact Britney Reddick at [email protected] or 470-233-7030.

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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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