Over 450 people die each day of lung cancer in the U.S. – that is 19 people an hour.
Lung Cancer is the #1 cancer killer. Lung Cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, melanoma, and kidney cancers combined.
In 1971, the National Cancer Act declared the War on Cancer. At that time, the overall 5-year survival rate for lung cancer was 13.6%. In 2008, the estimated 5-year survival rate was 15%.
Despite being the #1 cancer killer, the NIH only spent $281m on lung cancer in 2010 compared to $1.349billion on breast, prostate, colon, melanoma, and kidney cancers. (NCI Office of Budget and Finance)