August 2013

Respiratory Health Association's e-newsletter is published monthly and contains news of our happenings, program updates and links to lung health resources. This month's issue includes:

Back to School: Lung Health

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Study up on asthma safety for the new school year

BackpackAs you and your child prepare for the new school year, remember these necessary steps to ensure his or her asthma does not get in the way of learning. In Illinois, all children with asthma who know how to use their medicines are allowed to carry and use their quick-relief asthma inhaler while at school, regardless of age. Before the school year starts, practice how to use an inhaler together and review your child's asthma warning signs and symptoms. Make sure the school has all of the necessary paperwork, including a signed note from you explaining that your child can carry and use the quick-relief inhaler and the prescription label off of your child's medication box.

Find more back-to-school tips on our What You Need to Know sheet.

Advocacy letters raise legislators' awareness of COPD

Quigley and Africk

This month, we met with United States Representatives Mike Quigley and Cheri Bustos to deliver letters from people living with COPD explaining why their support is so urgently needed. COPD is the third leading cause of death. As many as 1.2 million people in Illinois could be living with the disease. The goal of the meetings was to raise the legislators' awareness of the issues facing those affected by COPD and how lawmakers can help.

To help us advocate for lung health issues, sign up here.

CowaLUNGa riders moooving toward fundraising goal

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Our 17th annual CowaLUNGa Bike Tour on August 3-5 was a success! More than 250 riders joined us for one of four route options through Illinois and Wisconsin: 18 miles, 65 miles (1 day), 130 miles (2 days) and 190 miles (3 days). Riders have raised more than $135,000 toward our $200,000 goal to support Respiratory Health Association's lung disease research and programs.

Help our riders mooove toward their goal; click here to donate today!

New recommendations drafted for lung cancer screenings

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. The five-year survival rate is approximately 17 percent, one of the lowest rates among all types of cancer. Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued landmark draft recommendations to help find lung cancer at earlier stages and improve the survival rate. The task force recommends using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) as the tool to screen high-risk individuals. The defined high-risk group includes people 55-74 years old who have smoked one pack a day for 30 years, or the equivalent, and still smoke or quit smoking within the last 15 years. There are concerns that screening harms may outweigh the benefits for certain individuals. Speak with your health care provider to find out if LDCT lung cancer screening is best for you.

Learn more about lung cancer on our website.

Get Involved: Skyline Plunge! Chicago, Hike for Lung Health

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Skyline Plunge! Chicago is coming up on September 8. Rappel 27 stories down theWit Hotel in downtown Chicago to raise funds and awareness for respiratory diseases such as lung cancer and COPD. Sign up with a buddy before August 16 and receive half off your registration fee.

Also held in September is Hike for Lung Health! Participate with Respiratory Health Association in this multi-charity walk on September 22. The 1-mile and 3-mile walk in Lincoln Park will be followed by a family fun fest. A virtual walk option is also available.

Visit our special events page for more information and to register.