There have been no advances in lung cancer since 1971 when Nixon declared the war on cancer.  L4L says, “Let’s get aware people!”



1Lung cancer is currently responsible for 29% of cancer deaths in the United States – more than breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer combined.


2Even though lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women in the United States and throughout the world, it is the least funded among all major cancers.


3Presently, only 15% of lung cancers are diagnosed in an early stage, hence the five-year survival rate of only 15.6% – same as it was in 1971.  Researchers are working on developing effective methods to screen for lung cancer. Currently, however, there is only one generally accepted screening test for lung cancer, and it only helps detect lung cancer in heavy smokers.


4Although smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, the majority of people currently diagnosed with lung cancer do not smoke; 50% of these cancers occur in former smokers, and 15% in those who have never smoked at all.


Can you believe what you are reading?!  Here are some more startling statistics:


5According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), 80% of women with lung cancer and 90% of men with lung cancer contracted the disease due to smoking. This means that 22,864 victims DIE every year from lung cancer that were NEVER SMOKERS. This is STILL more deaths-per-year than liver, lymphoma, ovarian, bladder, brain or uterus cancer.


6According to the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program, if lung cancer is diagnosed in stage I, the fighter has a 52.2% chance of surviving. However, only 15% of lung cancer fighters are diagnosed that early. Once the cancer has metastasized, the fighter only has a 3.7% chance of survival.


7According to NCI, the estimated number of new cases of lung cancer in 2012 in the US is 226,160.  It is estimated that 160,340 of these fighters will die this year from lung cancer.


8Based on recent trends, 1 in 14 babies born in the US each day can expect to get lung cancer in their lifetimes. That means that over 750 people born today will end up facing this terrible disease. Sadly, as the 5-year survival rate has not improved in the past 40 years, 85% of these future warriors will lose that battle within 5 years of being diagnosed. (SEER)


It’s time to change the way America thinks about lung cancer.  It’s time to rid lung cancer of the “smoker’s disease” stigma.  Lung cancer victims deserve the same chance that other cancer victims have.  Let’s get aware…. let’s make some advances in this deadly disease.  

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Progress Made

It’s Official! President Obama Signs High Mortality Cancer Bill Into Law

by Laurie Fenton-Ambrose, January 3, 2013

Just hours before the end of the 112th Congress, constitutional deadline for approval of a bill passed by that Congress, President Barack Obama today signed into law the first legislation requiring comprehensive plans of research action for high mortality cancers, with lung and pancreatic cancers given priority status for expedited attention.

This landmark legislation, included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, requires the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop scientific frameworks for addressing cancers with survival rates of less than 50%, with first priority attention to lung and pancreatic cancers. The framework must be sent to Congress within 18 months.  Click here to keep reading.

Send a message of thanks to the President for signing the bill!  Click here!


ACS introduces lung cancer screening guidelines

by Delicia Honen Yard, February 21, 2013

Clinicians should recommend annual lung-cancer screening by means of low-dose computed tomography (CT) for high-risk patients if both provider and patient meet certain conditions, according to the American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines. Patients can be considered candidates for annual low-dose CT lung-cancer screening if they are age 55 to 74 years; have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (pack-years are calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years a person has smoked); are current smokers or have quit smoking within the past 15 years; and have had a thorough discussion with a health care provider regarding the potential benefits, limitations, and harms associated with low-dose CT lung-cancer screening.  Click here to read more.

One thing L4L would like to note, although this screening process is definitely a step in the right direction, unfortunately, the criteria that has to be met in order to qualify for this low dose CT does not include the 15 to 20% of people diagnosed each year with lung cancer who have never smoked.  See our events page or donate to our cause, and help us stop the stigma that lung cancer is a smokers’ disease.

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