Every year in Canada close to 30,000 people are diagnosed and invaded by lung cancer. Of those over 22,000 will die.
Did you know that lung cancer kills over 29,800 Canadians a year?
That is significantly more Canadians than breast cancer (5000) colon cancer (9700) and prostrate cancer (4200) COMBINED?
While breast and prostrate cancer have 5 year survival rates of over 88%, the five year survival rate for lung cancer is a dire 19%. Even though lung cancer is the deadliest cancer by far, it only receives about 7% of all research funding.
Lung cancer suffers from the stigma that only smokers get cancer, but the numbers show a different story and this attached stigma is killing people when they do not have to die. Not only is it simply wrong to use that stigma to underfund lung cancer, assuming only smokers get cancer is just not true.
Over 20% of lung cancers are in non-smokers. Worse, while most other cancers are declining, the rate of lung cancer among non-smokers (particularly young, women non-smokers) is on the RISE. Non-smokers and former smokers make up over 55% of all lung cancers.
The good news is that research is saving lives! But we need your help.
WHAT CAN YOU DO:
1. Know the facts—IF YOU HAVE LUNGS YOU CAN GET LUNG CANCER
2. Almost 50% of lung cancer is detected at Stage 4 -- MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE SYMPTOMS OF LUNG CANCER
3. Most of all -- PLEASE DONATE TO THE LUNG CANCER INITIATIVES AT U OF C -- DONATIONS MAKE A REAL DFFERENCE
Success is built on other successes.
Our first Gala last year was a success! From that first step, we created a better event. We doubled the attendance, doubled the funds raised. We brought together people from all walks of life to become part of growing awareness for lung cancer. We will continue to build on each new foundation to bring more to people. It is lung cancers time.
Best wishes Diane to you and your committee for a successful gala.
This event is another step forward in building public awareness about the real facts related to lung cancer.
Not many people know it is the leading cause of cancer related deaths for men and women... more than breast, colorectal, and prostate combined. As we both know, it’s not just a smoker’s deadly disease as I frequently tell anyone interested -if you have lungs you can get lung cancer.
Thank you for undertaking this gallant Initiative....perhaps in the near future we can finally garner the much needed focus and support to address this too often fatal disease.
Founder of the Lung Cancer Initiatives at the UofC
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