November 2018

It’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month and we need your help!

Advancing lung cancer research. Why does it matter? People living with lung cancer (like the survivors pictured above) depend on research advances that lead to new lines of treatment in case the first line stops working. Research also leads to better methods for detecting lung cancer early.

We’re thrilled to introduce and congratulate our newest A Breath of Hope Fellow, Dr. Stefani Spranger from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Stay tuned to learn more about this impressive scientist and her work to understand how tumor heterogeneity affects the immune response.

Let’s commit to investing another $1,000,000 BY 2021 right here, right now. Only 10% of federal cancer research dollars are allocated to lung cancer, the number one cause of cancer death. Go figure. ABOH is committed to filling this gap. Our goal is to award another $1,000,000 to the best lung cancer researchers across the country in the next few years. We believe that breakthrough research holds the key to early detection and advances in late-stage treatments.


Community awareness and education is vital to saving lives from lung cancer. Half of those diagnosed with lung cancer each year never smoked or had already quit. Nonsmokers are often caught unaware or miss symptoms leading to late stage diagnoses.

How can you help?

  • Bring a friend to an ABOH event where education is always our first priority (and fun is a close second)
  • Invite an ABOH speaker to your workplace, neighborhood gathering, faith community, etc.
  • Educate yourself and family members to know what causes lung cancer and what symptoms look like
  • Whether you are a survivor or have lost a loved one, share your story with A Breath of Hope. We will push it out to teach others and continue to drive awareness.
  • Join us at the first Midwest Lung Cancer Summit planned for and by survivors and caregivers. From research to emotional support, there is something for everyone here. View list of presenters.

Screening is the way to earlier detection of lung cancer.

We don’t know anyone who consistently makes healthy choices for themselves. We’re human after all, and you won’t find judgement or blame at A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation.

It is, however, important to get real about risk factors when it comes to lung cancer. Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor. In the U.S., cigarette smoking is linked to the majority of lung cancer deaths. Using other tobacco products such as cigars or pipes also increases the risk for lung cancer.

Lung cancer advocates across the country fought long and hard to make screening available to those most at risk of developing lung cancer. Today, tens of thousands of Americans are eligible to receive a low dose CT scan, yet only 2% have been screened. Find out if you are eligible and talk to your doc.

Need some incentive? Findings from the recently published Nelson Study demonstrate that CT screening among asymptomatic men and women at high risk for lung cancer led to a significant reduction in lung cancer mortality – up to 60%!