American Lung Association - November News: The Toll of Lung Cancer, State-By-State

Health and Fitness

November 17, 2022

State of Lung Cancer 2022

This year's “State of Lung Cancer” report makes two things clear:

  1. States must do more to protect their residents from lung cancer. See how your state compares.
  2. Screening saves lives, but only a small percentage of eligible people are getting screened: 5.8% in 2021.

You can help. Spread the word about our Lung Cancer Risk Quiz and Saved By The Scan campaign. Share the report's key findings with friends and family.

Raising awareness works! Nationally, the early diagnosis rate has increased 17% over the last five years. Let's keep moving in a positive direction.

RSV, Flu & You

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and flu cases are on the rise across the country. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones against these potentially serious respiratory diseases.

RSV Resources

Flu Resources

COPD Awareness Month

COPD affects over 12 million adults and accounts for millions of emergency department visits and tens of billions in healthcare costs each year. Help us raise awareness about COPD by exploring and sharing our COPD resources on Lung.org.

Good to Know: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a term which refers to a large group of lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Conditions like these obstruct air flow, which interferes with normal breathing. Learn more from our recently updated COPD Trends Brief.

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Get Tax Benefits – Help Prevent Lung Disease

You can make a lasting difference for the millions of Americans affected by lung disease with a gift from your IRA. If you are 70 ½ or older, you may be eligible to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) to the American Lung Association, and you may avoid paying income taxes on your donation. Learn more.

Bringing Awareness to Chronic Cough

A cough lasting longer than eight weeks in adults is considered a chronic cough. People with the condition may find that it interferes with their day-to-day activities and can feel embarrassed about their cough in social settings. For more information about chronic cough and to hear stories from individuals living with the condition, visit The Cough Chronicles, an educational resource sponsored by Merck in collaboration with the American Lung Association, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the Allergy & Asthma Network.

What is Pertussis?

Pertussis or whooping cough is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person. Adults living with asthma or COPD are at increased risk of infection and complications, including worsening of existing lung disease. Speak to your healthcare provider about Tdap vaccination, which is the best way to help protect against pertussis. This American Lung Association campaign is sponsored in collaboration with Sanofi. Learn more at www.Lung.org/pertussis.?

Open Enrollment Reminder

Now is the time to look at your options for healthcare coverage through?HealthCare.gov. Open Enrollment began on November 1, but you only have until January 15 to enroll. The Lung Association has tools and information to help you choose a plan at Lung.org/openenrollment.

Webinar: Traditional vs Commercial Tobacco from a Native Lens

Join us on Tuesday, November 29, 2 – 3 p.m. CT for a discussion on the difference between traditional tobacco (i.e. medicinal, sacred, ceremonial tobacco) versus commercial tobacco and the importance of tailoring commercial tobacco use prevention activities and language. You can also hear about our resources to support Indigenous peoples looking to overcome addiction to commercial tobacco products. Register and learn more. This webinar and our Spotlight Series: Tribal Leaders and Organizations in Lung Health are part of our observance of Native American Heritage Month.