Lung Cancer Facts

Lung Cancer is the #1 cancer killing claiming more lives than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancers combined.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among all ethnic groups and is responsible for 1 in every 3 cancer deaths.

Nearly twice as many women die from lung cancer as they do from breast cancer. Three times as many men will die from lung than from prostate cancer. Based on 2009 estimates, an average of 437 people a day die from lung cancer.

Over 60% of new cases are never smokers or former smokers who quit decades ago. ONE in FIVE woman and one in twelve men diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked.

Overall, fewer than 10% of people with primary lung cancer are alive 5 years after diagnoisis. This is partly due to the fact that there is no early screening available. Currently, 80% of lung cancers are found too late to respond to treatment.

Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer but it is also the most underfunded cancer!

Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Coughing (most common) Shortness of breath (dyspnea) Fatigue Wheezing Pain in the chest, shoulder, upper back, or arm Coughing up blood (hemoptysis) Repeated pneumonia or bronchitis Loss of appetite (anorexia) and weight loss General pain Hoarseness Swelling of face or neck Pleural effusion

Sources: http://www.lungcanceralliance.org http://www.oncologychannel.com/lungcancer/treatment.shtml http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/05/16/lung-cancer-and-women-deadlier-than-breast-ovarian-and-cervica/ http://www.jglcf.org

Resources

Cancer Care | Information & Resources www.cancercare.org UNC Cancer Center | Information & Resources http://www.unclinegerger.org National Cancer Institue | Clinical Trials http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials Sloan Kettering | Clinical Trials http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/14468.cfm MD Anderson | Clinical Trials http://www.mdanderson.org/patients_public/clinical_trials/ Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation | Trials http://www.ciscrp.org Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Group | Trials http://www.cancertrialshelp.org/trialcheck/default.aspx LungCAN | Lung cancer network of Resources & Information http://www.lungcan.org Lung Cancer Alliance | National Organization / Information http://www.lungcanceralliance.org National Lungcancer Partnership | Branches in NC & Penn http://www.nationallungcancerpartnership.org The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund | Georgia http://www.jglcf.org The Bonnie J. Adario Lung Cancer Fund | California http://www.lungcancerfoundation.org Ronald McDonald Houses http://www.rmhc.org Make A Wish http://www.wish.org Hats for Hope http://www.hatsforhope.com Victory Junction Camp | NC http://www.victoryjunction.org Coping with Hope http://www.copingwithhope.com LiveStrong | Get Help http://www.livestrong.org/Get-Help