The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) are holding a two-week national awareness campaign this month (13-24th September 2011) to raise the profile of lethal lung diseases.
The campaign aims to help people with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) understand their condition and to find out more about the current research which is being carried out to find treatments. The campaign will also support recently introduced legislation on the disease in the USA.
IPF causes the lungs to be scarred and makes breathing increasingly difficult. In some people, the condition gets worse quickly, while other people see the illness worsening over time. The main symptoms include chest pain, cough and people may find it harder to engage in any activities.
The new legislation in the USA will create a national patient database and surveillance system that can create a much-needed foundation for research. Efforts will also include walks and other events to raise awareness and funds for the CPF.