September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

 Updated: August 29, 2017

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The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) has designated September as Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month. During this global month-long awareness campaign, the PFF has provided resources to help you educate your patients about this rare disease.

According to PFF, “every mention of [pulmonary fibrosis] moves us one step closer to a patient receiving a timely and accurate diagnosis, finding essential support, being heard by legislators, and ultimately finding a cure.”

Resources to help you promote Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month, such as a planning toolkit as well as social media campaign items, can be found on the PFF website. The PFF also suggests hosting a table at a local farmer’s market or organizing an educational event as ideas to help spread the word about pulmonary fibrosis.

According to the PFF idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) fact sheet, one in 200 adults over 65 years of age are affected by IPF in the United States. In fact, 100,000 individuals are currently living with IPF. And 50,000 new cases of IPF are diagnosed each year.