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Hundreds of lung disease patients and healthcare professionals from across Arizona will gather for presentations on the latest trends in lung disease research, treatment and care.

An estimated 32.2 million Americans are living with a lung disease, and according to the American Lung Association greater awareness about resources, screening and treatment options can improve the quality of life for those living with a lung disease.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, the American Lung Association in New Mexico will host its annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support the nationwide initiative LUNG FORCE. This initiative seeks to make lung disease a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. Lung cancer is the top cancer killer of both women and men in America.

LUNG FORCE raises awareness about this deadly disease by announcing nationwide story drive to illustrate the impact of lung cancer, amplify voices of those whose lives are impacted by lung cancer

Statement of American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer in response to today’s lung cancer announcement by Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

During Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Lung Association and its LUNG FORCE initiative raises awareness about lung cancer and its risks, launches story drive and releases findings from the 3rd annual Women's Lung Health Barometer.

The American Lung Association and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) announced today that Dr. David Brian Shackelford, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been awarded the first joint Momentum Research Award for his research

The American Lung Association and its LUNG FORCE initiative has announced it is expanding its investment in lung cancer research through a new collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer and LUNGevity Foundation, to create a new Stand Up To Cancer-LUNGevity-American Lung Association Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women, new LUNG FORCE Research Innovation Project award seeks to identify potential gender differences for lung cancer risk factors.

Today the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative, nationally presented by CVS Health, debuted a short video featuring GRAMMY Award-winning singer Patti LaBelle, who shares how lung cancer - the number one cancer killer of women in the United States - has affected her personally and taken the lives of many people close to her.

Wisconsin’s second Expo will be held Wednesday, April 6 at Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

Today, the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Heroes - those personally impacted by lung cancer - came together from all fifty states at the U.S. Capitol to press their Senators and Representatives for continued momentum toward ending lung cancer during the first ever LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day.

Today, the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE national initiative is encouraging Americans to support critical lung cancer research by participating in LUNG FORCE Giving Day.

Announcing a joint commitment to fight the second leading cause of lung cancer, radon gas, the American Lung Association, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and eight other national partners released the National Radon Action Plan: A Strategy for Saving Lives. The plan sets out strategies to drive the changes needed to reduce exposure to radon, a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless gas that causes an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually.

HONOLULU – On Saturday, November 14, 2015, the American Lung Association in Hawaii will host its second annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support the nationwide initiative LUNG FORCE.

Para dar inicio al Mes de Concientización sobre el Cáncer de Pulmón, que se celebra este noviembre, la iniciativa LUNG FORCE de la American Lung Association, presentada a nivel nacional por CVS Health, anunció hoy su asociación con Patti LaBelle, la cantante ganadora del premio Grammy, para seguir educando al público acerca del cáncer de pulmón, la principal causa de muerte de mujeres por cáncer en los Estados Unidos.

To kick off Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative, nationally presented by CVS Health, today announced its partnership with Grammy Award-winning singer Patti LaBelle to further educate the public about lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of women in the United States.

To kick off Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative, nationally presented by CVS Health, today announced its partnership with Grammy Award-winning singer Patti LaBelle to further educate the public about lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of women in the United States.

The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE, a national movement created to fight lung cancer in women, is dedicated to funding research that will lead to early detection, and more treatments – to give more people a fighting chance.

The American Lung Association’s Research Awards Nationwide 2015-2016 report highlights the 69 novel and innovative research projects funded by the organization to meet its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The Lung Association will fund a total of $6.49 million in grants in 2015-2016, including more than $3.8 million for lung disease research plus funding for the Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC).

The American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, now in its second year, has been honored with awards as it addresses lung cancer—the number one cancer killer of women.

The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative, now in its second year, has been honored with awards as it addresses lung cancer—the number one cancer killer of women.

The American Lung Association applauds Medicare for finalizing its coverage determination and looks forward to working to educate everyone at high risk for lung cancer.

The American Lung Association applauds Medicare for finalizing its coverage determination and looks forward to working to educate everyone at high risk for lung cancer.

Today, the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative congratulates Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern for her acclaimed performance in the movie adaption of Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir “Wild,” in which she portrays Strayed’s mother, Bobbi Lambrecht, who died of lung cancer only seven weeks after being diagnosed. To help elevate awareness of the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, Dern and Strayed debuted statement jewelry featuring LUNG FORCE’s signature color, turquoise, on the red carpet and later, Dern donned a turquoise Badgley Mischka dress at the exclusive Vanity Fair After-Party.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Medicare) announced today its final coverage determination for an annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan regarding lung cancer. The American Lung Association applauds Medicare for finalizing its coverage determination and looks forward to working to educate everyone at high risk for lung cancer that coverage is available

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Medicare) announced today its final coverage determination for an annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan regarding lung cancer. The American Lung Association applauds Medicare for finalizing its coverage determination and looks forward to working to educate everyone at high risk for lung cancer that coverage is available

Statement from National President and CEO of the American Lung Association Harold Wimmer, in response to the announcement today from President Obama:

Statement from National President and CEO of the American Lung Association Harold Wimmer, in response to the announcement today from President Obama:

For the first time ever, starting January 1, individuals who are at high risk for developing lung cancer may be eligible for screening at no out-of-pocket cost. Most people with private insurance, individuals who are enrolled in their state health insurance marketplaces and people enrolled in state Medicaid expansion will be eligible for early detection screening without cost to them.

For the first time ever, starting January 1, individuals who are at high risk for developing lung cancer may be eligible for screening at no out-of-pocket cost. Most people with private insurance, individuals who are enrolled in their state health insurance marketplaces and people enrolled in state Medicaid expansion will be eligible for early detection screening without cost to them.

For the first time ever, a national study found e-cigarette use among teens exceeds traditional cigarette smoking. The study, “Monitoring the Future,” also found that e-cigarette use among 8th and 10th graders was double that of traditional cigarette smoking.

For the first time ever, a national study found e-cigarette use among teens exceeds traditional cigarette smoking. The study, “Monitoring the Future,” also found that e-cigarette use among 8th and 10th graders was double that of traditional cigarette smoking.

The American Lung Association announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to help support the Lung-MAP project, a groundbreaking clinical trial in squamous cell lung cancer that brings together the National Cancer Institute, SWOG Cancer Research, the FNIH, Friends of Cancer Research, pharmaceutical companies and eight advocacy partners.

The American Lung Association announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to help support the Lung-MAP project, a groundbreaking clinical trial in squamous cell lung cancer that brings together the National Cancer Institute, SWOG Cancer Research, the FNIH, Friends of Cancer Research, pharmaceutical companies and eight advocacy partners.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today its draft proposal to cover an annual low-dose CT scan for Medicare beneficiaries at high risk for developing lung cancer. Medicare defined high risk as individuals 55 to 74 years of age, with a smoking history of 30 pack years and have quit smoking within the last 15 years. The American Lung Association welcomes this proposal.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today its draft proposal to cover an annual low-dose CT scan for Medicare beneficiaries at high risk for developing lung cancer. Medicare defined high risk as individuals 55 to 74 years of age, with a smoking history of 30 pack years and have quit smoking within the last 15 years. The American Lung Association welcomes this proposal.

Mackena Bell, NASCAR driver and Honorary Spokesperson for LUNG FORCE, a national movement fighting lung cancer in women, will be competing in the NASCAR Nationwide series DAV200 “Honoring America’s Veterans” race at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8, 2014.

Mackena Bell, NASCAR driver and Honorary Spokesperson for LUNG FORCE, a national movement fighting lung cancer in women, will be competing in the NASCAR Nationwide series DAV200 “Honoring America’s Veterans” race at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8, 2014.

As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Emmy-nominated actress and author Valerie Harper, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel, country music singer Kellie Pickler and female NASCAR standout Mackena Bell are teaming up with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE to raise awareness and much needed funds to help confront lung cancer in women.

As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Emmy-nominated actress and author Valerie Harper, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel, country music singer Kellie Pickler and female NASCAR standout Mackena Bell are teaming up with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE to raise awareness and much needed funds to help confront lung cancer in women.

Three of the nation’s largest lung cancer advocacy organizations, the American Lung Association, Free to Breathe, and Uniting Against Lung Cancer, are working together in an unprecedented collaboration to fund research to improve treatment for lung cancer patients.

Three of the nation’s largest lung cancer advocacy organizations, the American Lung Association, Free to Breathe, and Uniting Against Lung Cancer, are working together in an unprecedented collaboration to fund research to improve treatment for lung cancer patients.

The American Lung Association applauds CVS for removing cigarettes and all tobacco products from all CVS/pharmacy locations across the U.S. This is an important milestone for the health of the American people today and for generations to come.

The American Lung Association applauds CVS for removing cigarettes and all tobacco products from all CVS/pharmacy locations across the U.S. This is an important milestone for the health of the American people today and for generations to come.

The American Lung Association is very concerned about the potential health consequences of electronic cigarettes, as well as the unproven claims that they can be used to help smokers quit. There is presently no government oversight of these products and absent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation, there is no way for the public health, medical community or consumers to know what chemicals are contained in e-cigarettes or what the short and long term health implications might be. In extensive comments filed with the FDA in early August, the American Lung Association called on the Obama Administration to finalize its regulation to regulate e-cigarettes by the end of 2014.

The American Lung Association is very concerned about the potential health consequences of electronic cigarettes, as well as the unproven claims that they can be used to help smokers quit. There is presently no government oversight of these products and absent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation, there is no way for the public health, medical community or consumers to know what chemicals are contained in e-cigarettes or what the short and long term health implications might be. In extensive comments filed with the FDA in early August, the American Lung Association called on the Obama Administration to finalize its regulation to regulate e-cigarettes by the end of 2014.

In public comments jointly filed today, 24 leading public health and medical organizations called on the Food and Drug Administration to issue a final rule to regulate all tobacco products by April 25, 2015 – one year after the FDA issued a proposed rule – and to reject a proposal to exempt so-called “premium cigars.”

In public comments jointly filed today, 24 leading public health and medical organizations called on the Food and Drug Administration to issue a final rule to regulate all tobacco products by April 25, 2015 – one year after the FDA issued a proposed rule – and to reject a proposal to exempt so-called “premium cigars.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched new ads today as part of its powerful “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign. The “Tips” campaign has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Americans quitting for good and millions more making quit attempts on their way to success, by featuring real stories of just some of the 16 million Americans who are living with a smoking-related disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched new ads today as part of its powerful “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign. The “Tips” campaign has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Americans quitting for good and millions more making quit attempts on their way to success, by featuring real stories of just some of the 16 million Americans who are living with a smoking-related disease.

The American Lung Association welcomes today’s results that find youth cigarette smoking has dropped to 15.7 percent, the lowest level ever recorded, in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Part of this record low is attributable to a significant decrease in cigarette smoking among high school boys since 2011, from 19.9 percent to 16.4 percent, which is also the lowest level yet for this group. Lower cigarette smoking among youth directly translates into fewer people that will die from tobacco-caused disease.

The American Lung Association welcomes today’s results that find youth cigarette smoking has dropped to 15.7 percent, the lowest level ever recorded, in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Part of this record low is attributable to a significant decrease in cigarette smoking among high school boys since 2011, from 19.9 percent to 16.4 percent, which is also the lowest level yet for this group. Lower cigarette smoking among youth directly translates into fewer people that will die from tobacco-caused disease.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel unveiled a new song, “Sing On,” in support of LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. LUNG FORCE is a national movement led by the American Lung Association in partnership with national presenting sponsor CVS Caremark. All proceeds from Jewel’s song, available on iTunes, will benefit LUNG FORCE to further the fight against lung cancer in women.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel unveiled a new song, “Sing On,” in support of LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. LUNG FORCE is a national movement led by the American Lung Association in partnership with national presenting sponsor CVS Caremark. All proceeds from Jewel’s song, available on iTunes, will benefit LUNG FORCE to further the fight against lung cancer in women.

The American Lung Association, in partnership with national presenting sponsor, CVS Caremark, unveiled LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.

The American Lung Association, in partnership with national presenting sponsor, CVS Caremark, unveiled LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.

Today, the Obama Administration issued guidance on quit smoking benefits available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This important announcement from the Departments implementing the ACA (Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury) clarifies what treatments insurance plans should cover for quitting smoking as part of their preventive services benefit. This guidance will help to ensure that employers and insurance plans are doing everything they can to get smokers they help they need to quit.

Today, the Obama Administration issued guidance on quit smoking benefits available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This important announcement from the Departments implementing the ACA (Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury) clarifies what treatments insurance plans should cover for quitting smoking as part of their preventive services benefit. This guidance will help to ensure that employers and insurance plans are doing everything they can to get smokers they help they need to quit.

Today, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products issued its long-awaited proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. The proposed regulation would give FDA basic oversight authority over these unregulated products and require manufacturers to register with FDA; disclose their products’ ingredients to the agency; and would prohibit tobacco companies from making health claims without FDA review. The proposed regulation would also establish 18 as the nationwide minimum age for the legal purchase of tobacco products.

Today, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products issued its long-awaited proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. The proposed regulation would give FDA basic oversight authority over these unregulated products and require manufacturers to register with FDA; disclose their products’ ingredients to the agency; and would prohibit tobacco companies from making health claims without FDA review. The proposed regulation would also establish 18 as the nationwide minimum age for the legal purchase of tobacco products.

The American Lung Association is pleased to see the decline in lung cancer rates reported today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While this is good news, lung cancer remains the nation’s leading cancer killer.

The American Lung Association is pleased to see the decline in lung cancer rates reported today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While this is good news, lung cancer remains the nation’s leading cancer killer.

Today the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) made a recommendation that will save lives. The Task Force released its final recommendation, grading annual low-dose CT screening for individuals at high risk for lung cancer with a B grade.

Today the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) made a recommendation that will save lives. The Task Force released its final recommendation, grading annual low-dose CT screening for individuals at high risk for lung cancer with a B grade.

NASCAR driver Mackena Bell has partnered with the American Lung Association to speak out in the fight against lung disease, and to raise awareness about the rising toll of lung cancer on women.

NASCAR driver Mackena Bell has partnered with the American Lung Association to speak out in the fight against lung disease, and to raise awareness about the rising toll of lung cancer on women.

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2015 was a big year for lung cancer immunotherapy, with two drugs approved as a second-line treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer. What does that mean? Previously a patient with non-small cell lung cancer, whose cancer progressed after being on treatment, wasn't left with very many options. Now, a number of those patients qualify to go on an immunotherapy drug.

This year, the American Lung Association has created a new research award to examine gender differences in lung cancer. We are excited to announce that Sharad Goyal, MD is the first recipient of The LUNG FORCE Research Innovation Project: Lung Cancer in Women Award, funded by the Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative, which raises awareness of the impact of lung cancer in women and critical funds for lung cancer research.

With twenty plus years in healthcare, not much shocks me. But lung cancer is a different story.

Two laser-focused and resourceful researchers are on a quest to eradicate lung cancer, and with support from the American Lung Association are learning how and why the most serious tumors resist drug therapy.

The LUNG FORCE Expo planning committee is putting out a call for presentations for the Expo to be held Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel.

Summer is almost over, but it was anything but “vacation-time” for the Lung Association. We were busy on all fronts in our fight for healthy air and healthy lungs. Here are some of the highlights from the past month, including an important healthy air announcement from the White House!

As the chief storyteller for the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative, Tara is capturing inspirational LUNG FORCE Hero stories from around country. Through her passion for human interest storytelling, she hopes this column will intimately convey the compelling journeys of survivors, loved ones and of those who have been personally affected by lung cancer.

Today, the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative congratulates Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern for her acclaimed performance in the movie adaption of Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir “Wild,” in which she portrays Strayed’s mother, Bobbi Lambrecht, who died of lung cancer only seven weeks after being diagnosed. To help elevate awareness of the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, Dern and Strayed debuted statement jewelry featuring LUNG FORCE’s signature color, turquoise, on the red carpet and later, Dern donned a turquoise Badgley Mischka dress at the exclusive Vanity Fair After-Party.

We are in an exciting time for cancer treatment, and patients have options that didn't exist just a decade ago. Personalized or precision medicine is an emerging approach to healthcare where treatment is more highly tailored to the biology of the patient.

We are in an exciting time for cancer treatment, and patients have options that didn't exist just a decade ago. Personalized or precision medicine is an emerging approach to healthcare where treatment is more highly tailored to the biology of the patient.

Joint blog post by Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO, American Lung Association, and Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on strategy to eliminate avoidable radon-induced lung cancer.

This month, take time to test your home for the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States: radon. It could save your life.

This month, take time to test your home for the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States: radon. It could save your life.

Most smokers say they want to quit and many will make a New Year’s Resolution to quit in 2015. If this is your year to quit, the American Lung Association shares five tips to help you on the path to success:

Most smokers say they want to quit and many will make a New Year’s Resolution to quit in 2015. If this is your year to quit, the American Lung Association shares five tips to help you on the path to success:

For the first time ever, starting on January 1, individuals who are at high risk for developing lung cancer may be eligible for screening at no out of pocket cost.

For the first time ever, starting on January 1, individuals who are at high risk for developing lung cancer may be eligible for screening at no out of pocket cost.

The Obama Administration has proposed strengthening air quality standards aimed at reducing asthma and other deadly lung conditions.

The younger you are when you quit, the greater the health benefits. But quitting at any age can add years to your life. And some of the benefits are almost immediate. See what happens to your body after your last cigarette.

A small trial yielded “dramatic” results with high progression-free and overall survival using stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) along with erlotinib for patients with stage IV non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Valerie Harper reveals how she beat the life expectancy of her lung cancer diagnosis.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the United States. Known as the "invisible cancer" due to low survival rates, late onset of symptoms and limited knowledge about the disease, lung cancer can cause crippling fear and severely affect an individual's quality of life.

Annual lung cancer screenings for long-term smokers may soon be covered by Medicare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday.

Like most of her fellow lung cancer patients, "Judy" is struggling not only to learn all she can about her diagnosis and treatment options, but also to adjust to the overwhelming burden of shame and stigma that plagues this disease.

Lung disease can take a toll on a person’s quality of life. Whether you are facing lung cancer, COPD or another type of lung disease, you probably experience physical symptoms and emotional stress that make it harder to keep up with your everyday activities. The good news is that there is a type of care specifically designed to help you feel your best while facing lung disease. Palliative care, sometimes known as supportive care, is a specialty in medicine focused on treating the symptoms, pain and stress that accompany serious illness. It is appropriate from the moment you are diagnosed and throughout the entire course of your illness.

Every 5 minutes a woman is told she has lung cancer. This November, give us just 5 minutes of your time to help stop this statistic in its tracks.

Lung disease can take a toll on a person’s quality of life. Whether you are facing lung cancer, COPD or another type of lung disease, you probably experience physical symptoms and emotional stress that make it harder to keep up with your everyday activities. The good news is that there is a type of care specifically designed to help you feel your best while facing lung disease. Palliative care, sometimes known as supportive care, is a specialty in medicine focused on treating the symptoms, pain and stress that accompany serious illness. It is appropriate from the moment you are diagnosed and throughout the entire course of your illness.

As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Emmy-nominated actress and author Valerie Harper, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel, country music singer Kellie Pickler and female NASCAR standout Mackena Bell are teaming up with the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE to raise awareness and much needed funds to help confront lung cancer in women.

LUNG FORCE Walk, LUNG FORCE, Fight for Air Walk, Milwaukee, 2014

Lung cancer can remain dormant for more than 20 years before suddenly becoming aggressive, a new study says.

This past Sunday, nearly one thousand people gathered to take a stand against lung cancer and participated in the first-ever LUNG FORCE Walk-Oak Brook, sponsored locally by Northwestern Medicine. The event was unique and festive that will make a difference for lung cancer detection, research and cures.

THE war against cancer can be confusing, with providers, insurers and policy makers debating the effectiveness of treatments, prevention programs and research. But there is one significant victory within our grasp. There is, increasingly, a consensus that CT screening for lung cancer can save thousands of lives each year.

Earlier this year, CVS took a bold step – announcing that they would remove all tobacco products from their CVS/pharmacy stores across the country by October 1st, a significant business decision with the health of all Americans at its core. Today, September 3, is a proud moment for those of us in the fight against tobacco, as CVS announced their accelerated timeline to achieve this milestone, almost an entire month earlier than expected.

Earlier this year, CVS took a bold step – announcing that they would remove all tobacco products from their CVS/pharmacy stores across the country by October 1st, a significant business decision with the health of all Americans at its core. Today, September 3, is a proud moment for those of us in the fight against tobacco, as CVS announced their accelerated timeline to achieve this milestone, almost an entire month earlier than expected.

Lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of both women and men in the United States, must be a national priority. With one of the highest incidence rates and one of the lowest survival rates, lung cancer desperately needs more research for early detection, treatment and cures. On September 4th, we are taking action to reverse this trend, and increase funding for lung cancer research.

Lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of both women and men in the United States, must be a national priority. With one of the highest incidence rates and one of the lowest survival rates, lung cancer desperately needs more research for early detection, treatment and cures. On September 4th, we are taking action to reverse this trend, and increase funding for lung cancer research.

In recognition of World No Tobacco Day, The American Lung Association offers this guest column, written by Academy Award winning actor Kirk Douglas, titled “My First Cigarette, and My Last.”

In recognition of World No Tobacco Day, The American Lung Association offers this guest column, written by Academy Award winning actor Kirk Douglas, titled “My First Cigarette, and My Last.”

City of Chicago representatives, as well as members from the medical and corporate community joined the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago on May 14 at the Swissotel for the inaugural Chicago Lung Force Kick-off Reception.

Clinical trials contribute to advances in lung cancer and may be a good option for certain people facing lung cancer. Unfortunately, lung cancer clinical trial enrollment rates are very low. Why is this? One reason is that people are simply unaware of trials that are available. Others may be nervous about clinical trials and don’t know the right questions to ask. Or they may be waiting for their doctor to bring it up. Lung cancer clinical trials are often misunderstood by the public. Many people think that enrolling in a clinical trial means they risk not getting any treatment or just being a “guinea pig”, neither of which are true. Lung cancer clinical trials are carefully monitored research studies. People who take part in clinical trials for lung cancer receive up-to-date care from experts.

Clinical trials contribute to advances in lung cancer and may be a good option for certain people facing lung cancer. Unfortunately, lung cancer clinical trial enrollment rates are very low. Why is this? One reason is that people are simply unaware of trials that are available. Others may be nervous about clinical trials and don’t know the right questions to ask. Or they may be waiting for their doctor to bring it up. Lung cancer clinical trials are often misunderstood by the public. Many people think that enrolling in a clinical trial means they risk not getting any treatment or just being a “guinea pig”, neither of which are true. Lung cancer clinical trials are carefully monitored research studies. People who take part in clinical trials for lung cancer receive up-to-date care from experts.

If you didn’t know that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women, in America, you’re not alone. To change that and tackle this women’s health crisis, the American Lung Association has unveiled LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.

It’s a fact: every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told she has lung cancer. That’s why the American Lung Association is proud to launch LUNG FORCE, a national health education movement with a singular mission to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health.

If you didn’t know that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women, in America, you’re not alone. To change that and tackle this women’s health crisis, the American Lung Association has unveiled LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.

U.S. health regulators on Monday approved a drug for advanced lung cancer developed by Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG that is intended to treat patients with a specific genetic mutation. The drug, ceritinib, from a new class medicines known as ALK inhibitors, was approved four months ahead of the expected Food and Drug Administration decision date.

What do you think of when someone says lung cancer? Unfortunately, there is a stigma associated with lung cancer that plays a major role in the lung cancer experience for most people facing this disease. Stigma not only affects the patient experience, it negatively impacts every facet of the lung cancer problem, from reduced funding for research to poor quality of life and low survival rate.

What do you think of when someone says lung cancer? Unfortunately, there is a stigma associated with lung cancer that plays a major role in the lung cancer experience for most people facing this disease. Stigma not only affects the patient experience, it negatively impacts every facet of the lung cancer problem, from reduced funding for research to poor quality of life and low survival rate.

The American Lung Association shares the story of Janet Freeman-Daily from Seattle, Washington. She is a stage 4 lung cancer survivor and advocate in the fight against lung cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, Janet had no family history of the disease and led an active and healthy lifestyle. Her story is one of perseverance and finding a new path after her diagnosis with this life-changing disease.

The American Lung Association shares the story of Janet Freeman-Daily from Seattle, Washington. She is a stage 4 lung cancer survivor and advocate in the fight against lung cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, Janet had no family history of the disease and led an active and healthy lifestyle. Her story is one of perseverance and finding a new path after her diagnosis with this life-changing disease.

With CVS Caremark's announcement yesterday that they will no longer sell tobacco products, including cigarettes, at all CVS/pharmacy locations, the company took a bold step. They have decided to prioritize the health and well-being of current and future customers and employees. We at the American Lung Association commend company leaders for this decision and we urge more retailers to join in efforts to help reduce access to tobacco and tobacco use, and eliminate tobacco-caused deaths and disease.

With CVS Caremark's announcement yesterday that they will no longer sell tobacco products, including cigarettes, at all CVS/pharmacy locations, the company took a bold step. They have decided to prioritize the health and well-being of current and future customers and employees. We at the American Lung Association commend company leaders for this decision and we urge more retailers to join in efforts to help reduce access to tobacco and tobacco use, and eliminate tobacco-caused deaths and disease.

Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation’s top cancer killer, government advisers said recently — even as they stressed that the tests aren’t for everyone.

At the end of December, the FDA released its “Voice of the Patient Report: Lung Cancer”, the latest step inan Initiative focused on better incorporating patient voices in the review and approval process for lung cancer drugs and diagnostics. The American Lung Association is proud to have played a significant role in FDA taking this new, closer look at lung cancer treatment from the patient’s perspective.

At the end of December, the FDA released its “Voice of the Patient Report: Lung Cancer”, the latest step inan Initiative focused on better incorporating patient voices in the review and approval process for lung cancer drugs and diagnostics. The American Lung Association is proud to have played a significant role in FDA taking this new, closer look at lung cancer treatment from the patient’s perspective.

When it comes to the holidays, we all can use a few tips on dealing with the hustle and bustle of the season. If you or a loved one have asthma, navigating holiday travel, family commitments and different environments can be tricky. The American Lung Association has tips to help you prepare and keep your asthma in control.

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Kaiser Permanente is participating in two very large clinical trials that are being carried out nationwide in an effort to improve lung cancer treatment by linking a patient’s genetic profile to his or her response to specific drugs.

The first immune-based treatment for lung cancer won approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, and it could displace more conventional chemotherapy for certain patients, at least.

By now, you’ve probably read or at least heard of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling book Wild, which was recently turned into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. In it, Cheryl describes her journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail after her mom’s death at age 45 to lung cancer.

The "Wild" actress arrives at the 2015 Academy Awards with her father, the legendary Bruce Dern and has a special message.

When David Carr, The New York Times’ media columnist, died last week, the reaction veered toward profound sadness and a celebration of his many contributions. The tributes came swiftly and in great numbers.

But the reaction was notably different two days later to the news that an autopsy found Carr, a longtime smoker, had advanced lung cancer, and the disease contributed to his death at age 58.

Lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as the leading cancer killer of women in developed countries, reflecting changing smoking patterns among females worldwide, a new report shows.

For the first time, the number of European women who have died as a result of lung cancer is expected to be higher than the rates for breast cancer.

Watch how this LUNG FORCE Hero and mother of two is alive after a lung cancer diagnosis thanks to treating it early through advanced screening.

In the winter of 2012, LeAnne Bonser thought she had the weirdest cold. The 35-year-old Richmond, Virginia mom had recently run the Marine Corps Marathon with her husband, Justin, 37. "She didn't seem sick, so that was sort of a bombshell," Justin says. A far bigger one was about to fall on the Bonser family.

Americans who live in the mountains seem to have lower rates of lung cancer than those closer to the beach -- a pattern that suggests a role for oxygen intake, researchers speculate.

For the first time ever, starting January 1, individuals who are at high risk for developing lung cancer may be eligible for screening at no out of pocket cost.

Watch the video for an update on Valerie's health and for more info on her work with Lung Force, a cause that's helping to raise awareness of lung cancer.

By analyzing the DNA and RNA of lung cancers, researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that patients whose tumors contained a large number of gene fusions had worse outcomes than patients with fewer gene fusions. Gene fusions are a type of genetic anomaly found in cancers that occurs when genes get rearranged and fuse together.

From cancer research breakthroughs to innovative food policies to strides in the search for an HIV vaccine, we're quite a bit further in our understanding of medicine than we were last year.

Harold Wimmer: We at the American Lung Association know that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer among women, however, there is a startling lack of information available to the public regarding lung cancer.

Eli Lilly's drug Cyramza has been approved as a treatment for lung cancer, regulators said Friday.

What can you tell me about lung cancer screenings? My husband was a long-time smoker, but quit many years ago, so I'm wondering if he should be checked out.

Pink makes Kaye Paterson see red. The official color of breast cancer, pink is deployed on ribbons, bracelets and even NFL uniforms to steer attention -- and research money -- to the disease. For Paterson, who has far deadlier lung cancer, so much pink can be hard to accept.

Criteria recently proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the coverage of lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography may not be the most efficient way to screen patients.

Lung cancer seems to be a silent epidemic. More than 224,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. The five-year survival rate is only 16-18%, one of the lowest survival rates for cancer. Among women diagnosed with lung cancer, less than half will be alive in one year. Yet more than half of women surveyed incorrectly think that breast cancer kills more women.

A small trial yielded “dramatic” results with high progression-free and overall survival using stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) along with erlotinib for patients with stage IV non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Valerie Harper reveals how she beat the life expectancy of her lung cancer diagnosis.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the United States. Known as the "invisible cancer" due to low survival rates, late onset of symptoms and limited knowledge about the disease, lung cancer can cause crippling fear and severely affect an individual's quality of life.

Annual lung cancer screenings for long-term smokers may soon be covered by Medicare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday.

Like most of her fellow lung cancer patients, "Judy" is struggling not only to learn all she can about her diagnosis and treatment options, but also to adjust to the overwhelming burden of shame and stigma that plagues this disease.

Every 5 minutes a woman is told she has lung cancer. This November, give us just 5 minutes of your time to help stop this statistic in its tracks.

As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Emmy-nominated actress and author Valerie Harper, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel, country music singer Kellie Pickler and female NASCAR standout Mackena Bell are teaming up with the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE to raise awareness and much needed funds to help confront lung cancer in women.

Lung cancer can remain dormant for more than 20 years before suddenly becoming aggressive, a new study says.

THE war against cancer can be confusing, with providers, insurers and policy makers debating the effectiveness of treatments, prevention programs and research. But there is one significant victory within our grasp. There is, increasingly, a consensus that CT screening for lung cancer can save thousands of lives each year.

U.S. health regulators on Monday approved a drug for advanced lung cancer developed by Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG that is intended to treat patients with a specific genetic mutation. The drug, ceritinib, from a new class medicines known as ALK inhibitors, was approved four months ahead of the expected Food and Drug Administration decision date.

Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation’s top cancer killer, government advisers said recently — even as they stressed that the tests aren’t for everyone.