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BREATHE Lung Cancer Conference, Nov. 30, Attracts World Renowned Physicians and Speakers

Conference for medical staff, patients and patient advocates

DETROIT, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. More than 60 percent of lung cancer patients have never smoked or quit smoking decades ago. About 70 percent of patients are diagnosed at a late stage and only 15 percent will be alive within five years.

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the American Lung Association of Michigan find these statistics alarming and unacceptable. That's why on Friday, Nov. 30, during National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, both organizations will host BREATHE 2007 Lung Cancer Medical and Advocacy Conference. The all-day conference will bring experts together as well as patients and patient advocates to network and learn more about lung cancer advances both in treatment and in advocacy. Medical sessions will be geared toward physicians, nurses and other medical personnel. Advocacy sessions will target patients and those affected by lung cancer who want to make a difference, advance the knowledge of this disease and advocate for more research funding to support early detection for lung cancer.

WHAT: BREATHE 2007 Lung Cancer Medical and Advocacy Conference

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 30

7 a.m. Registration. Conference 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton Dearborn

300 Town Center Dr., Dearborn, Michigan

WHO: Keynote speaker is Deborah Morosini, MD, sister of the late Dana Reeve and board member of the Lung Cancer Alliance. Other medical experts include: John Finn, MD, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Shirish Gadgeel, MD, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Claudia Henschke, MD, Cornell Medical Center; James Jeff, MD, Mayo Clinic; Bruce Johnson, MD, Harvard Medical School; Gregory P. Kalemkerian, MD, University of Michigan Health System; Patricia LoRusso, DO, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Harvey Pass, MD, New York University School of Medicine; Kenneth Rosenzweig, MD Memorial Soloan Kettering;

John C. Ruckdeschel, MD, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Manuel Valdivieso, MD, Karmanos Cancer Institute; and Antoinette Wozniak, MD, Karmanos Cancer Institute. Other advocacy experts include: Thomas V. Angott, Sr., survivor; Carol Christner, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Laurie Fenton, Lung Cancer Alliance; Lori Hope, author; Lori Kondas, American Lung Association; Ed Levitt; Mickey Redmond, survivor and Detroit Red Wings Alumni; Judy Stewart, Campaign for Smokefree Air; and Gayle Zinda, author.

COST: $75 for Medical Professionals. CME credits will be offered to physicians, nurses and other health care personnel. $25 for other patients and advocate guests. Lunch included.


REGISTER: Visit or call 248-784-2017.

Some of the sponsors for the conference include: Lilly, (OSI) pharmaceuticals, Novartis, Sanofi Aventis, Accuray, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Lung Cancer Alliance.

About the American Lung Association Michigan

Beginning its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is "Improving life, one breath at a time." For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to

About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is one of 39 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Caring for more than 6,000 new patients annually on a budget of $216 million, conducting more than 700 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, the Karmanos Cancer Institute is among the nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 faculty members, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, the Institute strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D., is the Institute's president and chief executive officer. For more information call 1-800-KARMANOS or go to

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