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Lung Cancer Alliance Calls American Cancer Society's Claim of Progress Selective
Date:5/29/2009

eness of early detection methods.

For example, breast cancer's five-year survival rate has increased from 75% in 1975 to 89% in 2005, prostate cancer from 67% to 99% and colon cancer from 50% to 65% respectively.

In contrast, lung cancer's five year survival rate is still only 15.6%.

"The toll of lung cancer is now so high that it is taking more lives each year than the next four biggest cancers - colon, breast, pancreas and prostate - combined, and has surpassed every other disease except heart disease as a cause of death," she said.

"There is nothing to celebrate in these figures," she said. "Clearly we have to re-think the war on cancer, especially those most lethal, such as lung cancer."

Lung Cancer Alliance (www.lungcanceralliance.org) is the only national non-profit organization solely dedicated to patient support and advocacy for the lung cancer community. LCA's mission is to lead the movement to reverse decades of stigma and neglect by empowering those with or at risk for the disease, elevating awareness and changing health policy.

    CONTACT:
    Kay Cofrancesco
    kay@lungcanceralliance.org
    202-463-2080


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