Research Facts & Underfunding

  • Over 60% of new cases are non-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.
  • 160,000 Americans die annually, including 2500 Minnesotans. More than 226,000 people are diagnosed with lung and bronchus cancer in the US each year.
  • Lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined.
  • Less money is spent on lung cancer research than most other cancers. In recent years, the National Cancer Institute estimated that our government spent over $11,000 per breast cancer death for research, and $1100 per lung cancer death. Lung cancer takes almost twice as many women as breast cancer.
  • Lack of funding drives talented young researchers away from lung cancer, despite their interest and commitment.

Look at the figures – lung cancer is one of the least-funded cancers.