The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 7, 2013

Take a Breath for Women luncheon scheduled Nov. 12

ATHENS — The American Lung Association in West Virginia (ALAWV) is announcing its inaugural Take a Breath for Women Luncheon. ALAWV has extended an invitation to the event Nov. 12 at the Charleston Town Center Marriott to discuss the rise of lung cancer and COPD in women: Risk factors, treatments, symptoms, smoking cessation options, along with providing life-saving and life-changing information to share with others. Registration and ticket sales are under way.

Due to lack of understanding, lung disease in women is often under-diagnosed and untreated.  Education and increased awareness of lung cancer can help save lives by leading to more research, early detection and effective treatment.

- In the last 35 years, the lung cancer death rate has increased 116% among women.

- Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women, surpassing breast cancer in 1987.

- More than two-thirds of lung cancer diagnoses are of never smokers or former smokers.

- More than 33 million Americans suffer from chronic lung disease.

The event features keynote speaker Aila Accad, RN, MSN, an award-winning international speaker, best-selling author and certified well-being coach with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in nursing. Accad specializes in quick ways to release stress and reclaim energy to live a full life.

Luncheon tickets are $65 each. Companies are encouraged to sponsor tables of 10. All funds raised will be used to fight asthma, COPD, emphysema and lung cancer through education, community service, advocacy and research.

The registration deadline is Nov. 1. If you would like to register or obtain more information about the event, please call 304-342-6600 or go to