Here are the sobering facts about lung cancer.

  • Lung cancer is the #2 leading cause of death in the U.S., second only to heart disease.
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, accounting for nearly a third of all cancer deaths.
  • Lung cancer kills more people every year than breast, colorectal, prostate, and pancreatic cancers COMBINED.
  • Every year, lung cancer kills nearly three times as many women as breast cancer and nearly twice as many men as prostate cancer.
  • More than half of lung cancer diagnoses are in patients who never smoked or who already quit.
  • Due to significant funding for research, the survival rate for other cancers have grown significantly since the War on Cancer was declared 40 years ago. Because of the lack of significant funding for research, the survival rate for lung cancer has barely changed.
  • Out of 12,683,850 cancer survivors in the United States, only 3% are lung cancer survivors.

Source:  Lung Cancer Foundation of America

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 Graphic courtesy of the  Lung Cancer Foundation of America .

Graphic courtesy of the Lung Cancer Foundation of America.

There are two forms of lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer, which is identified by how small the cancer cells look under a microscope, is diagnosed to about 1 of every 8 people with lung cancer. The other form, Alex’s cancer, is non-small cell lung cancer. This type of lung cancer presents as larger lung cancer cells as compared to small cell lung cancer, and it is diagnosed to about 7 out of every 8 people diagnosed with lung cancer. (Source: Cancer.gov - http://1.usa.gov/1uCBCV5)

The biggest weapon against this cancer is RESEARCH. For years now, medical researchers have found innovative ways to fight and kill cancer cells through numerous treatments such as targeted therapy, chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy which is still in its experimental phase. Numerous patients with lung cancer are dependent on research to discover new ways to fight cancer and extend their quality of life. Together, with friends helping friends, we can fund this cause by providing the monetary support necessary to provide the research necessary to win the battle against cancer and to speak out together and say…

TOGETHER, WE GOT THIS.