Lung Cancer Facts

This is the 1st National Lung Cancer Vigil to be held on November 5, 2009.
Here are the facts about lung cancer you may mot know.
The face of lung cancer is not what you think:
• 50% of new cases are former smokers, many who quit decades ago
• another 10 ‐ 15% have never smoked
• veterans are at higher risk with a 25% higher mortality rate
In 2009 152,000 mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, aunts, uncles and friends
will die of lung cancer including about 25,000 who never smoked, roughly 2/3 of which are
Lung cancer is the highest cause of cancer deaths:
• more deaths than breast, prostate, colon, kidney, liver and melanoma cancers combined
• one in every three cancer deaths
• three times as many men as prostate cancer
• twice as many women as breast cancer
• more than 430 people every day in the United States
• approximately 160,000 Americans annually
• lung cancer continues to be woefully under funded, only $1,249/lung cancer death
versus $27,480/breast cancer death
• only 16% of lung cancer is being diagnosed at its earliest and most curable stage. There is no approved lung cancer screening procedure.
• the overall 5‐year survival rate for lung cancer is still only 15% while this has increased to for 89% and 99% for breast cancer and prostate cancer, respectively.
Why? Stigma of smoking and small number of survivors/advocates:
• Blame the victim mentality similar to AIDs
• most new patients die within a year because of late diagnosis
• no priority or sense of urgency within federal research agencies
NO ONE deserves lung cancer.