November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month - In Canada and around the Globe

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 the condition.

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 curable stage.

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.

  1. Become educated about treatment choices. Support research and development of new therapies to improve survival rates and facilitate the development of molecularly guided treatments.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 this disease.

SOURCE Lung Cancer Canada

For further information:

Hailee Morrison / 416 785 3439
hmorrison@lungcancercanada.ca


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