|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.