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Twin Cities Lung Run/Walk Radio Spots – 2016

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Thank you Katherine and Kim for sharing your stories and raising awareness for lung cancer and the Twin Cities Lung Run/Walk. Read more

Reflections on Lung Cancer

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A message from Nancy Torrison, Executive Director of A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation. Read more

CDI on the Importance of Preventative Lung Cancer Screening

CDI (Center for Diagnostic Imaging), partner of ABOH and sponsor of the Twin Cities Lung Run/Walk, met with Executive Director Nancy Torrison to discuss the importance of the low-dose CT scan. The low-dose CT scan is a non-invasive scan that can detect lung cancer and if used will reduce the 82.5% mortality rate. Low-dose CT scans are available to people who have a smoking history – one pack a day for thirty years or two packs a day for fifteen years. To learn more about CDI and the low-dose CT scan, click here. Read more

Lung cancer survivor bikes to inspire

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A Breath of Hope Board Member Gary Brausen was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011. He never smoked a day in his life, and secondhand smoke wasn’t a factor in his case either. Read more

Five Things You Should Know About Lung Nodules

Thoracic Surgeon Rafael Andrade, MD (center), said lung nodules are often caused by a small growth in the lung, or a reaction of the lung to inflammation or infection. Not all are malignant, or cancerous, but some must be monitored.

Thoracic Surgeon Rafael Andrade, MD (center), said lung nodules are often caused by a small growth in the lung, or a reaction of the lung to inflammation or infection. Not all are malignant, or cancerous, but some must be monitored.

A lung nodule may sound scary, but it’s really a fancy word for a “spot in the lung,” says University of Minnesota Health Thoracic Surgeon Rafael Andrade, MD. They are often caused by a small growth in the lung, or a reaction of the lung to inflammation or infection. They are frequently identified with an X-ray or CT scan. Read more

2014 Research Fellows Announced!

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A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation is proud to announce our 2014 Research Fellowships in support of two talented young investigators focused on creating careers in lung cancer research. The RFP invited researchers in their first five years of their first faculty appointment to apply for two-year $150,000 awards. The awards represent A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation’s efforts to retain talent in the work being done to find effective new treatments and an eventual cure for America’s deadliest cancer – Lung Cancer. Read more

Congratulations to ABOH’s $10,000.00 Lung Screening Winners!

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Abbie Begnaud, Pulmonologist (MD) and Asst Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota.

The Lung Cancer Screening program at the University of Minnesota is a comprehensive, patient-centered program offering participation in active research and assistance with smoking cessation. Like many programs, our accessibility is limited by lack of uniform insurance coverage. We have a competitive out-of-pocket price ($99) for all eligible patients. But unlike other programs, the University of Minnesota screening program is the only in the state of Minnesota designated a center of excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance. Centers of Excellence provide evidence-based care with a multidisciplinary approach, including participation in ongoing research as well as smoking cessation tools for current smokers. Our dedicated thoracic oncology group consists of pulmonologists, oncologists, radiologists, surgeons and nurses who devote themselves to lung and thoracic cancers. Read more

News from the Field—Should Medicare Cover Lung Screenings?

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“The primary issue here is saving lives, not saving costs for Medicare!” Read more