CHICAGO, Feb. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every two and a half minutes someone in the
"Nationally, the five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 18.1 percent—meaning four out of five people diagnosed will not survive longer than five years," said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer. "More must be done to save lives, and this new report serves as a powerful tool for identifying both needs and opportunities in every state to turn the tide against lung cancer."
According to Wimmer, in its inaugural year the "State of Lung Cancer" will serve as a baseline for tracking of efforts to defeat lung cancer, and unveil new opportunities to enact change.
"While we have seen some advancements in lung cancer treatment options and a new methods of early detection, the burden of lung cancer is not the same everywhere," said Wimmer. "The 'State of Lung Cancer' report makes it clear that as a nation we need to do a better job. Every state needs to make prevention a priority with proven effective policies, and to also ensure screening facilities are available for those eligible for screening, regardless of where you live. This is how we'll save lives."
The LUNG FORCE "State of Lung Cancer" 2018 report finds that lung cancer diagnoses and survival rates vary state by state. By better understanding the impact of lung cancer across the nation, efforts and policies can be focused where the needs are greatest. This report ranks each state on the following:
The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative was created to help defeat lung cancer, and this new report is both a guidepost and rallying cry, providing policymakers, researchers, healthcare practitioners and the lung cancer community with a one-stop resource for identifying how their state can best focus to support lung cancer patients, their caregivers and those at high risk for lung cancer.
On Wednesday, March 14, lung cancer survivors and their caregivers and loved ones from across the country will be heading to Capitol Hill for the third annual LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day. These LUNG FORCE Heroes will share this report and ask their Congressional members to support increased funding for the National Institutes of Health for better treatment and early detection of lung cancer, as well as share why quality and affordable healthcare is especially important for lung cancer patients.
Learn more about "State of Lung Cancer" at Lung.org/solc. For media interested in speaking with an expert about the LUNG FORCE "State of Lung Cancer" report, or a LUNG FORCE Hero on their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., contact Allison MacMunn at the American Lung Association at Media@Lung.org or 312-801-7628.
About the American Lung AssociationThe American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
About LUNG FORCELUNG FORCE is a new national movement led by the American Lung Association to unite women against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE has three priorities: 1) Make lung cancer a cause that people care about—and act on; 2) Educate and empower patients and healthcare providers and 3) Raise critical funds for lung cancer research. The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE is nationally presented by CVS Health. Find out more at LUNGFORCE.org.
About LUNG FORCE "State of Lung Cancer"The inaugural LUNG FORCE "State of Lung Cancer" report includes available state-specific measures of lung cancer incidence, adult smoking prevalence, radon zones, five-year survival, stage at diagnosis, five-year survival by stage at diagnosis, surgery as part of the first course of treatment, and accredited lung cancer screening centers. Data was compiled from a variety of sources including the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries; American College of Radiology; National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program; CDC's WONDER Online Database; Maryland Cancer Registry (supported by funds from the State of Maryland, the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund, and the CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries); CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; Environmental Protection Agency's Map of Radon Zones; and U.S. Census Bureau. See the full report at Lung.org/solc.
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