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Exposing the Double Standard of the Forgotten Cancer: Biggest Cancer Killer for Women and Men, Lung Cancer, Receives Least Research Funds
Date:12/21/2009

his insidious disease. But much more needs to be done to save lives.”

Current public and private funding for lung cancer mostly focuses on prevention, which is only one part of the equation. Early detection and treatment are just as critical, especially because it is estimated that 60% of new lung cancer diagnoses will be in non-smokers - a combination of 45-50% former smokers (many who quit 10, 20, even 30 years prior to the onset of lung cancer) and people who have never smoked. These former smokers did the right thing … they quit. Little do they know that they are still at risk for lung cancer and just like lung cancer victims who have never smoked, they will be shocked to discover how few treatment options are available to them. In 2009 more than 214,000 people in this country will be diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 157,000 will die from it.

LCFA is one of only a handful of private foundations devoted to the research of early detection and treatment of lung cancer. As of 2006, there were less than 30 lung cancer specific foundations providing lung cancer research grants, all of which combined did not give more than $5 million dollars in grant money. At the same time, this year, lung cancer will claim more lives than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers – COMBINED, all of which underscores the importance of this grant and others like it.

About LCFA:
LCFA was established by two lung cancer survivors and a lung cancer widow. Although their life experiences vary greatly the three of them have come to the same realization…the poor survival rate for lung cancer is a direct result of the lack of funding for lung cancer research. Working with many of the top lung cancer researchers and clinicians in this country, LCFA has seen how lung cancer researchers are trying diligently to unlock the secrets unique to lung cancer. They have also witnessed the inordinate amount of ti
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