Lung Cancer Research

Learn more about A Breath of Hope’s 2020 Research Awards.

Lung cancer claims more lives each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined, yet lung cancer receives disproportionately less government funding per cancer death than other types of cancer. This means that private funding for research focused on lung cancer is vital to saving lives.

A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH) raises funds to promote lung cancer awareness, support patients and families, and fund U.S. lung cancer research. The primary focus of the ABOH Research Program is to retain promising young researchers in the field through competitive $150,000 awards. Retaining talent in the field of lung cancer research is critical to changing outcomes.

Read about recent research fellows and awards.

Please join our lung cancer research efforts, your donation will lead to improved late stage treatments and improved early detection methods. ABOH also offers donors a “named” research grant option. “Named Research Grants” enable donors to fund part or all of a research fellowship in their name or in memory or honor of a loved one. 

Research Facts & Under-funding

  • Approximately 50% of new cases are nonsmokers, either never-smokers or former smokers, many of whom quit decades ago. One in five women and one in twelve men diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked.
  • Around 160,000 Americans die annually, including 2,500 Minnesotans. More than 226,000 people are diagnosed with lung and bronchus cancer in the U.S. each year.
  • Lung cancer kills nearly twice as many women as breast cancer. In recent years, the National Cancer Institute estimated that our government spent over $14,000 per breast cancer death for research, and $1,700 per lung cancer death.
  • Lack of funding drives talented young researchers away from lung cancer, despite their interest and commitment.
  • Per cancer death and its burden on society, lung cancer receives less research dollars than other common cancers.

Thank you to our 2019 Research Committee for their time and dedication to lung cancer research.