American Lung Association News - Summer Lung Health Risks Explained

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July 20, 2023

Wildfire Smoke & Extreme Heat

Wildfire smoke and extreme heat can cause unhealthy and even deadly levels of air pollution. The best way to protect yourself is to be proactive, be informed and be prepared:

AirNow.gov – check air quality in your zip code as part of your daily routine and follow directions for limiting activity and taking other precautions.

Poor air quality FAQ – making sense of poor air quality and what all those colors mean.

Wildfire info – tips to protect yourself and what to do if you have lung disease, chronic heart disease or diabetes.

Extreme heat – what this summer’s record?breaking heat means for lung health.

What to Know About ‘Festival Flu’

Summer is a time of mass gatherings at street and music festivals. 'Festival Flu' is a slang term for a variety of illnesses people can catch at these gatherings. Read more.

Saved By The Scan Quiz Completions Reach Million Milestone

We’re celebrating a significant milestone: one million completions of the lung cancer screening eligibility quiz for the Saved By The Scan campaign. Since the campaign launch in 2017, lung cancer screening rates among those eligible have increased by more than 170%. Watch the milestone video.

We Have More Work To Do

Nationally, only 26% of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage when it's most curable. If you've done the hard part and quit smoking, do the easy part and take the lung cancer risk quiz.

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Join the MATCH Study: How To Improve Asthma Management

Join a virtual research study for teens and young adults with asthma from anywhere in the U.S. All study activities occur using your smart phone or study?provided tablet. Learn More.

Accessibility Enhancement to Our Website

Lung.org has a new blue “ACCESSIBILITY” button like the one shown above, which allows individual users to modify the website based on a menu of options, such as custom?sized and dyslexia?friendly text, a screen reader, and much more. You'll find this button on Lung.org toward the bottom of the screen.

Sponsored Content

Increase Awareness About Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disorder that results in a constriction of the arteries in the lungs which reduces blood flow through the lungs. PAH is more common in women ages 30?60 years old and about 15?20% of patients with PAH have inherited the condition. Help spread the word about seeking treatment early and finding a specialist. Learn more about PAH at www.Lung.org/PAH. Support for this educational campaign is provided by Janssen.

Learn More About Palliative and Hospice Care Options When You Have COPD

Palliative and hospice care provide supportive services at different stages to those living with a chronic lung disease. Too often, people with chronic conditions do not start palliative or hospice care soon enough. They may not know what these services offer or how to start a conversation with their healthcare provider. Hear how to start these conversations from Dr. Christopher Jons and learn more about how to plan for the future at Lung.org/copd-plan. Educational materials were developed in partnership with Embassy Healthcare.

Awareness, Trust, and Action – The Importance of Lung Cancer Clinical Trials

While advancements in early detection and treatment have improved the overall five?year survival rate to 25%, not all communities share this improvement. One of the main reasons for this is due to the mistrust, and underrepresentation in clinical trials. Hear stories from members and leaders of the  community such as Danielle Mitchell, founder and CEO of Black Women in Clinical Research, Edward W., husband, and lung cancer survivor, and Bishop Jeffery Goldsmith of Emmanuel Tabernacle Church in Oklahoma City. They share their perspective on the importance of clinical trials. Visit Lung.org/Trials-and-You to learn more. Support for this program provided in part by Daiichi Sankyo, Genentech, Merck, Novartis, and Novocure.