DANVILLE — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is one of the most common — and deadly — lung diseases in the United States, according to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center officials.
They said COPD makes it difficult for a person to breathe. And the two main forms — chronic bronchitis and emphysema — both cause serious long-term disability and early death.
Knowing whether you're at risk is the first step to breathing easy for many years to come. That's why Provena United Samaritans Medical Center is hosting a lung health fair on Nov. 16, which is World COPD Day.
The event is set for 1 to 3 p.m. at Provena's Regional Cancer Center at 806 N. Logan Ave., Danville.
A registered respiratory therapist will be on hand to do free AAT (Alpha-1 antitryspin) tests to check for risk of lung disease.
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is an inherited disorder that can cause lung disease in adults. Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a protein that protects the lungs. The liver usually makes the protein, and releases it into the bloodstream, but some people have little or none of it. Not having enough AAT puts you at risk of emphysema.
People can also do a free lung assessment and "lung age" screening with a nurse from Provena's Lung Aware Program.
There will also be information on lung cancer, tips to quit smoking and free home radon test kits. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It's associated with 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required.
For more information, call Kathy Hastings, a registered respiratory therapist, at 443-5624.