TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Lung Cancer Canada along with organizations around the globe are working to achieve better
outcomes for people affected by lung cancer and their families.
Late stage diagnosis, poor survival outcomes and few treatment choices
make lung cancer a particularly devastating and emotional disease for
people to deal with.
There are many negative perceptions and stigmas surrounding the disease,
which indirectly impact on funding, resources and how individuals view
STATISTICS ON LUNG CANCER IN CANADA TODAY INCLUDE;
An estimated 25,300 Canadians will be diagnosed with lung cancer, 80%
will die of it. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death
for both men and women in this country.
An estimated 12,200 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year,
85% will die of it.
An estimated 13,200 men will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year,
76% will die of it.
69 Canadians are diagnosed with lung cancer every day.
56 Canadians die of lung cancer every day.
Despite these harsh statistics, advances over the last decade in
therapies for lung cancer are changing the course of the disease. Lung
cancer surgery continues to advance with developments in robot-assisted
procedures and advances in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS).
Currently, radiologic imaging tests such as x-ray and CT scans are the
only available screening tools for lung cancer, but new tools,
including radiologic and biomarker tests, are showing promise and will
hopefully detect lung cancer while it is in an earlier and potentially
SHAPING LUNG CANCER FOR TOMORROW
Together we can change the face of lung cancer so that tomorrow we have
many more survivors to tell their stories.
Become educated about treatment choices. Support research and development of new therapies to improve survival
rates and facilitate the development of molecularly guided treatments.
Reduce the stigma of this disease by speaking out. Lung cancer carries a stigma almost unheard of with any other deadly
disease. Removing the stigma of lung cancer as "self-imposed" would
encourage advocates and survivors to have a louder voice and demand
early diagnosis and treatment that will save lives.
Lobby and advocate The lack of funding for lung cancer research impedes the rate at which
new diagnostics and therapies are discovered, tested and deployed. We need increased government investment in lung cancer research across
the spectrum of the disease.
The lack of funding for lung cancer research impedes the rate at which
new diagnostics and therapies are discovered, tested and deployed.
Stigma and a lack of awareness limit patients' access to timely
diagnosis and the best possible care and treatment. That considerable
advances in treatment have been made with limited resources suggests
that the potential exists to make rapid strides in changing the face of
SOURCE Lung Cancer Canada
For further information:
Hailee Morrison / 416 785 3439