Hundreds to attend LUNG FORCE Expo, Virginias premier Educational event focusing on lung health | American Lung Association

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Hundreds to attend LUNG FORCE Expo, Virginias premier Educational event focusing on lung health

(April 12, 2018) - Richmond, VA

For more information please contact:

Ewa Dworakowski
[email protected]
717-971-1123

An estimated 32 million Americans are living with a lung disease, and according to the American Lung Association in Virginia greater awareness about resources, screening and treatment options can improve the quality of life for those living with a lung disease. In response to this public health priority, the American Lung Association in Virginia will be returning to Virginia on Friday, May 11, 2018 to host the third annual LUNG FORCE Expo.   The LUNG FORCE Expo will be held at the Marriott Richmond Short Pump located on 4240 Dominion Blvd in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Virginia’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.  

"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.”

Hundreds of lung disease patients and professionals from Virginia will gather to hear from speakers representing a variety of fields, presenting the latest medical-based research on lung disease. Topics for professionals run the gamut; from identifying those who should be screened for lung cancer, to emerging therapies and treatment strategies for asthma and COPD. Patients can learn about palliative care, how to live an active life with lung disease, lung cancer facts and treatments, understanding medicines and much more.

Attendees will also be able to learn about the Saved by the Scan campaign, “Through this campaign, we hope to empower and motivate former and current smokers to advocate for themselves and learn more about whether lung cancer screening is right for them. We have a powerful opportunity to save lives with the new availability of screening for those at high risk, and I hope that this campaign will build conversations in communities throughout Virginia about screening and encourage action,” Brown added.

According to the recently released LUNG FORCE “State of Lung Cancer” report, there will be more than 5,860 people in Virginia diagnosed with lung cancer and 3,780 will succumb to the deadly disease in 2018. The American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative was created to help defeat lung cancer and give hope to families facing this diagnosis. In order to do so, we need a multipronged approach that engages a variety of tactics and stakeholders to address the disease, its risk factors, and access to preventative health services and treatment options.

This year, the LUNG FORCE Expo Keynote Speaker is Dr. Drew Moghanaki, MD, MPH, Director of Clinical Radiation Oncology Research at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

Dr. Moghanaki will be available for media interviews. Media representatives receive complimentary admission and can RSVP by sending their contact information to Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or by calling 717-971-1123, 717-503-3903 (cell).

Registration is $50 for healthcare professionals and free for patients and caregivers. Register online at LUNGFORCE.org or by calling Kira Koon at 202-719-2808 or [email protected] .  

Special thanks to our local sponsors

•     Our Gold Supporter: Virginia Department of Health

•     Our Silver Supporter: VCU Health

•     Our Bronze Supporters: Bon Secours Health System, Merck, Pulmonary Associates of Richmond and Cigna Health with Gate Gourmet

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About the American Lung Association in Virginia

The American Lung Association in Virginia 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 in Virginia 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 in Virginia, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:  Lung.org.

 

American Lung Association in Virginia
9702 Gayton Road, #110 • Richmond, VA 23238
804-302-5740 Lung.org

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