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Lung Cancer Alliance Praises Growing National Coalition
Date:12/8/2009

onal Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) The National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) The Asian Pacific Islander American Health Council (APIAHC) Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) The Veterans Health Council The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Bonnie J. Addario Foundation for Lung Cancer Joan's Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer Protect Your Lungs Foundation Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation LUNGevity Duke Medicine Wake Forest University Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. This year alone it will claim over 160,000 lives -- more than the combined total deaths from breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers. It is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women and among every ethnic group.

Military men and women are at an elevated risk of lung cancer as compared to the civilian population. Lung cancer has a 15% five year survival rate. Two out of every three lung cancer patients are former and non-smokers. Over the next 20 years, the number of cancer cases particularly in older and minority individuals is expected to vastly increase with lung cancer among those with the greatest relative increase in incidence. Yet lung cancer research funding lags significantly behind other major diseases.

"This is how successful 'movements' are grounded," continued Fenton-Ambrose, "with grassroots and grass tops involvement. We will continue our outreach to other national leaders and continue to expand our grassroots network. With strong and diverse coalition backing -- I am confident that we will reach our 'tipping point' -- an
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