Invest in Lung Cancer Research

For too long, lung cancer patients have been diagnosed at a time when treatment options are severely limited. With few options, there has been little hope for people diagnosed with lung cancer—making it our nation's leading cancer killer for both men and women. The facts are sobering:

  • Lung cancer has a five-year survival rate of just 18 percent.
  • More than 158,000 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer this year, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths.
  • Almost 400,000 Americans are currently living with lung cancer.
  • It is estimated that nearly 221,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2015, representing more than 13 percent of all new cancers.


But with continued investments in federal research, there is hope. The key to saving the lives of lung cancer patients starts with funding research to advance early diagnosis and develop new and more effective treatment options.

There are many exciting developments that may lead to breakthroughs in early detection and treatment options—but only if Congress continues to invest in funding for cancer research.

For example:

  • Federal investments have found new methods of detecting lung cancer earlier using low-dose CT scans. Studies show that lung cancer deaths may be reduced by 14 percent in specific, high risk populations. This could translate to more than 13,000 people a year whose lives may be saved.
  • "Personalized treatments" are being developed for lung cancer, allowing therapies to be designed to treat the specific genetic make-up of a person’s tumor, with fewer side effects and better quality of life for lung cancer patients.


Even though these novel approaches are promising, Congress must continue to invest in funding for cancer research for better cures and early detection of lung cancer. Now is the time to ask Congress to fight for a greater cancer research investment.

Let your members of Congress know that we need to continue our national commitment to cancer research. Please take a moment and send a letter to urge Congress to better invest in funding for cancer research.

** If you wish, you may edit the letter below to share a personal experience of how you or a loved one has been affected by lung cancer and why more funding is needed for lung cancer research. Personal stories like yours are powerful and effective and can help make a real difference in the lives of others.


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Dear [Decision Maker],

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]