American Lung Association News - November 16, 2023: Survival Rates Improve, Disparities Persist

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November 16, 2023

Findings of the 'State of Lung Cancer' Report

This year's ‘State of Lung Cancer’ report reveals significant gains in lung cancer survival rates, but also persistent and lingering disparities in diagnosis, treatment and outcomes, as well as an urgent need for increased screening. See the report's key findings and your state's assessment.

Only 4.5%
While we've made progress, the fact remains that in 2022, only 4.5% of all those eligible were screened for lung cancer. Screening saves lives. Do your part to change this stat by taking and sharing our lung cancer screening eligibility quiz.

Discovering Passion & Purpose While Living With Lung Cancer

Throughout her long and difficult journey with lung cancer, Rona has persevered and discovered a newfound passion for advocacy. As she continues to fight her type of lung cancer, which has no cure, she is working toward a brighter future for all lung cancer patients. Read Rona’s remarkable story.

Tell EPA to Strengthen Particle Pollution Standards

Right now, the Biden administration has an unprecedented opportunity to help protect lungs, but the window to act is closing fast. Take action.

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Act Now to Get 2023 Tax Benefits While Helping to Prevent Lung Disease

You can make a lasting difference for the millions of people living in America 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.

Do Your Thing With a DIY Fundraiser

We created Do?It?Yourself (DIY) fundraisers so you can do your thing in support of lung health and to honor a loved one. The possibilities are endless. Recent fundraisers have climbed a mountain, run a road race, hosted a dance recital, smashed some pies, and walked with friends on the beach. Get all the details on DIY fundraising or contact us and we'll get you started.

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COPD Awareness Month

Over 12.5 million people in America are living with COPD and millions more may have the disease without even knowing it. November is COPD Awareness Month and you can help spread awareness by:

- Learning about the early warning signs of COPD through our new digital animation and Could it be COPD? questionnaire.

- Taking our free, online course called COPD Basics.

- Sharing resources with friends and family members who have been newly diagnosed with COPD.

Learn more about COPD Awareness Month.

New Treatment Options for COPD

With more than 12.5 million people in the U.S. living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new treatment options are vital to give relief and support to those living with the disease. The American Lung Association is partnering with Sanofi and Regeneron to support families impacted by COPD and provide them with information on the most current clinical trials. Learn more about COPD clinical trials at Lung.org.

Fight Flu This Virus Season

Anyone can get the flu, but certain people are at increased risk for serious illness such as adults aged 65 years or older and those living with chronic medical conditions including asthma and COPD. The best protection against the flu is an annual flu shot. Talk with your healthcare provider about flu vaccination today. Use our #FightFlu social media toolkit and learn more at Lung.org/prevent-flu. Support for this program is provided by CSL Seqirus.

First-Ever COPD State Briefs

Did you know that there are 11 states with the highest COPD rates in the country? The COPD State Briefs include data about prevention, diagnosis, health outcomes and treatment of the disease for all 50 states and D.C. Healthcare and public health providers can use the COPD State Briefs to take action and raise awareness for COPD. Download the COPD State Brief for your state and take action to reduce the burden of COPD.