Lung Screenings

Every four minutes someone dies in the United States from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Today, more than 100 Nebraskans got tested for the disease at the state fair.   The volunteers say testing, especially in Nebraska, can help save lives. Of those 100 people tested, about one in every four didn't have the best results. The test is used to detect a disease that's killing more Americans every year. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the number one cause of COPD is smoking and second hand smoke, but no matter how much exposure you have to smoke, genetic factors can make you more susceptible. Working with chemicals and dust can also increase you chances of developing the disease. Many Nebraskans are targets for this disease. COPD is a combination of Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis. According to the American Association for Respiratory Care, COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, killing one person every four minutes. 15 million Americans have been diagnosed, but there are also about that many Americans who don't even know they have it.  The testing stand will go on all day Wednesday from 9-1 at the Nebraska State Fair.