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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Contact: Kristal Griffith
IASLC Director of Communications
Kristal.Griffith@IASLC.org
(720) 325-2952
Release: Oct. 29, 2012

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung cancer is the number one killer of men and women worldwide 

DENVER – Since 1995, November has been recognized as Lung Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women in the
U.S., claiming more than 160,000 victims each year in the U.S. alone. It kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined.

The members of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) hope to change those statistics. The IASLC is the only global organization dedicated to the study of lung 
cancer. With more than 3,000 members world-wide, it’s the organization’s mission to use all available means to eliminate lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. Researchers in this field see great hope and potential.

“The progress that has been made in lung cancer research in the past 10 years is remarkable,” says Dr. Paul Bunn, professor of Lung Cancer Research at the University of Colorado School of
Medicine and the IASLC Executive Director. “We now recognize that lung cancer is a very heterogeneous disease with many identifiable ‘driver’ molecular changes that can be targeted by
novel drugs,” Bunn says. “In addition, decreased smoking prevalence has reduced lung cancer deaths, but still too many U.S. citizens are smokers.”

Despite the promising research, lung cancer remains the most under-researched and underfunded cancer nationwide. Visit www.ialsc.org to learn about the research our members are
doing and to read out our Fellowship Program, which funds lung cancer research. Our website also features events taking place across the U.S. for Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Each year more than 226,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed and 5-year survival rates remain at just 15 percent. See what IASLC members are doing to change those statistics.

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About the IASLC:
The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is the only global organization dedicated to the study of lung cancer. Founded in 1974, the association’s membership includes more than 3,500 lung cancer specialists in 80 countries. To learn more about IASLC please visit www.iaslc.org.

November 1, 2012