WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A panel of nationally-renowned lung cancer experts and advocates kicked off Lung Cancer Awareness Month during a national press conference held today at the National Press Club.
"Lung Cancer Awareness Month challenges us to step up and educate the public so they will know that anyone can get lung cancer—like my wife Keasha," says former NFL player and lung cancer advocate Chris Draft. "We are coming together in a show of solidarity to change the future of lung cancer."
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer. It kills more people than breast, colon, prostate and pancreatic cancers combined. Recent breakthroughs in early detection and improved treatments are significantly impacting survivorship and quality of life—giving real hope to the hundreds of thousands of people facing this disease.
Panel members discussed scientific progress, legislative initiatives, changing the face of lung cancer, research activities, changing hearts and minds about lung cancer, radon legislation, and hope for patients. Survivor, Dusty Donaldson, co-chair of the Lung Cancer Action Network, moderated. Panelists included the following:
- Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President, Lung Cancer Alliance
- Paul Billings, National Senior VP of Advocacy, American Lung Association
- Chris Draft, President, Chris Draft Family Foundation
- Andrea Stern Ferris, President, LUNGevity
- Fred Hirsch, MD, PhD, CEO, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
- Kyle Hoylman, President, Cancer Survivors Against Radon
- Karen Loss, Lung Cancer Survivor
The purpose of this collaborative initiative also is to inform the public that anyone can get lung cancer, share recent promising scientific advancements, underscore hope and diminish the stigma of lung cancer. It is the hope of these organizations that this campaign will increase research resources and ultimately reduce the mortality and suffering caused by lung cancer. For more information about Lung Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.LCAM.org.
Lung Cancer Facts
- Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S.
- Every day, approximately 430 Americans die from lung cancer.
- The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 17.7 percent, which is significantly lower than other major cancer sites.
- Most people with lung cancer die within one year of being diagnosed.
- Screening people at high risk for lung cancer dramatically improves survival rates.
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SOURCE Lung Cancer Action Network