The Facts About Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer is the World's Most Lethal Disease and the #1 Cancer Killer in the United States 6

Lung Cancer is the Leading Cause of Cancer Death in Women and Men

Lung Cancer Survival Rate Remains Bleak

Lung Cancer in Never-smokers Fact Sheet

Lung cancer in never-smokers is the sixth leading cause of cancer death.

You don’t need to smoke to get lung cancer.

What causes lung cancer in never-smokers?

Lung cancer is different in never-smokers.

Did you know?

Over the last 30 years, substantial investment has resulted in significant increases in survival of many diseases. For example:

Breast Cancer


Lung Cancer

There is Hope Over the last five years, there has been an explosion in the scientific understanding of the biology of lung cancer. This information is beginning to be translated into new treatments for the disease, but we can only continue to make progress by funding more research, awareness, education and access programs.


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