Tell Congress: 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. For decades, lung cancer patients have been diagnosed only after it’s too late. And the treatment options that did exist for lung cancer patients whose cancer may have been caught earlier has been surgery and radiation, which have significant limitations.

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

  • Federal investments in lung cancer research have found new methods of detecting lung cancer early using low-dose special CT scans. Studies show that lung cancer deaths may be reduced by 14 percent in specific, high risk populations. This could translate to over 20,000 people a year whose lives may be saved.
  • “Personalized treatments” are now 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 a quality of life for lung cancer patients.

Even though these novel approaches are promising, Congress must continue to invest in funding for lung cancer research. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer -- among men and woman and has a five year survival rate of just 16 percent.

Ask your Member of Congress to fight for a lung cancer research investment.

For too long, there have been few options and been little hope for people diagnosed with lung cancer. An estimated 159,480 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer this year, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths. Lung cancer is also the second most common cancer. Approximately 399,000 Americans are currently living with lung cancer and it is estimated that 228,190 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2013, representing almost 14 percent of all new cancers.

But with continued investments in federal research, there is hope. Let your Member of Congress know that we need to continue our national investment in lung cancer research.

Please take a moment and send a letter to your Members of Congress to urge Congress to better invest in funding for lung cancer research.

** If you wish you may edit the below letter to share a personal experience of how you or a loved one has been impacted by lung cancer and why more funding is needed for lung cancer research. These personal stories are very powerful and important.


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