​Combating Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the United States and worldwide. In fact, lung cancer is responsible for more deaths in this country than the next three most common causes of cancer death combined – colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

According to estimates by the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, 228,150 patients will be diagnosed with lung and bronchus cancer and 142,670 patients will die of the disease in the United States in 2019

Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer. Other risk factors for lung cancer include being exposed to secondhand smoke, having a family history of lung cancer, being treated with radiation therapy to the breast or chest, exposure to asbestos, chromium, nickel, arsenic, soot, or tar in the workplace, and exposure to radon. When smoking is combined with other risk factors, the risk of lung cancer is increased.

There are two main forms of lung cancer – small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is the more common form of the disease. The most common subtypes of non-small cell lung cancer are squamous cell carcinoma, which begins in the thin, flat squamous cells; large cell carcinoma; and adenocarcinoma, which begins in the cells that line the alveoli, the tiny sacs within the lungs. Other less common types of non-small cell lung cancer are: pleomorphic, carcinoid tumor, salivary gland carcinoma, and unclassified carcinoma. 

November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

What Is the AACR Doing in This Area?

In January 2020, the AACR and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) will present the sixth AACR-IASLC International Joint Conference: Lung Cancer Translational Science. Established in 2010, this conference has historically drawn a diverse group of attendees (physicians, patient advocates, and scientists in basic, translational, and clinical lung cancer research) and provided a venue to discuss recent advances and establish new collaborations.

In addition to lung cancer-focused conferences, the AACR partners with a private family foundation for a series of lung-cancer oriented sessions held at the AACR Annual Meeting: the Dharma Master Jiantai Recent Advances in Lung Cancer Session, the Dharma Master Jiantai Symposium in Biomarkers, and the Dharma Master Jiantai Symposium in Targeted Therapy.

The AACR also awarded a number of grants in the field of lung cancer research in 2019:

  • Shengchen Lin, PhD, Penn State University College of Medicine - AACR Scholar-in-Training Award
  • Jian Liu, PhD, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - AACR Scholar-in-Training Award
  • Shih-Ying Wu, PhD, Wake Forest Baptist Health - AACR-American Brain Tumor Association Scholar-in-Training Award
  • Abhishek Tyagi, PhD, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center - AACR-Breast Cancer Research Foundation Scholar-in-Training Award
  • Vrushank Dharmesh Bhatt, MS, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Scholar-in-Training Award
  • Marco A. Ramos, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Scholar-in-Training Award
  • Chun-Lin Lin, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - AACR Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholars in Cancer Research Award
  • Shansahn Deng, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - AACR Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award

The AACR's mission is to prevent and cure all forms of cancer.

Last year the AACR provided over $64 million in grants and awards funding lifesaving cancer research. There are many ways you can support our mission to prevent and cure all cancers. Take Action

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