Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Lung cancer is an aggressive disease in which the cells in the lung begin to grow out of control, forming tumors. It can spread very quickly throughout the body. Lung cancer affects people who smoke and people who do not smoke.

Respiratory Health Association's efforts

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Respiratory Health Association approaches the fight against lung cancer on multiple levels, including education, outreach and policy efforts. Current efforts include the following:

  • Funding lung cancer research to improve understanding of the causes of lung cancer and to improve early detection and treatment.
  • Advocating for increased research funding at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Educating medical professionals about lung cancer, in conjunction with Chicago Respiratory Society and Lung Cancer Initiative Advisory members.
  • Serving as a resource for patients and families affected by lung cancer.
  • Offering a variety of tobacco cessation programs to help people quit smoking.
  • Teaching community members how to prevent radon exposure.
  • Providing information about lung cancer clinical trials:
If you or someone you know has symptoms or you believe you are at risk for lung cancer, please talk to your health care provider to talk about your concerns.

For more information, contact Amy O'Rourke:
Email Amy
(312) 628-0217