For over 100 years, the organization’s mission has been to improve lung health by preventing lung disease. Whether it’s searching for cures for lung diseases, keeping kids o tobacco or  ghting for laws that protect the air we all breathe, the work of the American Lung Association strives to save lives every day. Kentucky needs more research, advocacy, education and awareness to diagnose and treat lung disease in women earlier.  The American Lung Association is working diligently to  ght lung disease in women, to save lives, and to improve lung health. Realizing that knowledge is power, the organization, along with UK HealthCare, is staging a ‘Breath of Life Luncheon’ and symposium on women’s lung health on Tuesday, November 19th at the Gri n Gate Marrio Resort on Newtown Pike.  The focus of this event is to raise awareness about the disproportionate incidence of lung disease among women in our community, and to raise much needed funds for lung health research in Kentucky.  e event will feature a dual track agenda: Track 1 is for Healthcare Professionals, while Track 2 is for a general audience (speci cally for individuals who have been diagnosed with COPD, or are caregivers for others who have the disease.) The event will feature exhibits and educational sessions, as well as a luncheon. Featured speakers for Track One (Healthcare Professionals) are David Mannino, MD, Professor and Chair of the UK College of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Kentucky: COPD in Women; Angela Mahan, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Kentucky. Concurrent speakers for Track Two (for patients, families, and those concerned about general lung health) are: Representatives from the American Lung Association: “Keeping Lungs Healthy,” and Support for Women as Caregivers, Tami Cappelle i, RT, Program Manager, American Lung Association, Louisville. The luncheon speakers will be Janice Nolan, Assistant Vice President of National Policy and Advocacy, American Lung Association, and Representative Susan Westrom, Kentucky House of Representatives, is special event is designed to raise awareness of the disproportionate incidence of lung disease among women, and to help raise much needed funds for lung health research in Kentucky. “Take Away” facts that could save a woman’s life are:

• Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in America, killing more than breast, ovarian and cervical cancers combined.

• Deaths from lung cancer among women have risen 150% in the last decade, while lung cancer deaths among men are decreasing.

• Because COPD has long been thought of as a man’s disease, many doctors still do not expect to see it in women, and consequently miss the proper diagnosis. When a woman goes to her doctor with breathing problems, they typically discuss physical symptoms and her history of exposure to risk factors. Even though the answers to these questions are valuable indicators of COPD, doctors tend to diagnose asthma due to somewhat similar symptoms and disease symptoms.

• Effective treatment of COPD is complicated, and women don’t always get the kind of care that meets their needs. Qui ing smoking has more of a positive impact on the health of COPD patients who are still smoking than any other type of treatment, and women with COPD actually benefit from quitting more than men; however, women have more trouble successfully staying smoke free.

Posted on 2013-11-19 by UK Health Care