Advocate for Women’s Lung Cancer Prevention and Research
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, claiming more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined – even as the number of smokers declines year after year. Urge Congress to support the bipartisan Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act to improve scientific understanding and support early detection to save lives.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are over 235,000 new cases of lung cancer every year, and studies have shown that around 18 percent are people who are diagnosed have never smoked. The vast majority of never smokers diagnosed with lung cancer are women, at more than twice the rate of male never smokers.
The bipartisan Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act (H.R. 1800 | S. 699) would mandate an assessment of current research and prospects for interagency collaboration, recommendations for a national cancer screening strategy to expand access to early detection services, and opportunities for a national public awareness and education campaign.
Hadassah Medical Organization is a leader in lung cancer screening and is currently conducting a pilot project, approved by Israel’s Ministry of Health, focused on catching early stage tumors. Early detection of lung cancer through CT scans was found to decrease mortality by at least 33 percent in high-risk women over a 10-year period, as compared to 24 percent in high-risk men
171 women die of lung cancer every day in the United States: one woman every eight minutes. But that can change with increased interagency collaboration, research and early detection efforts – and you can help. Urge your Representatives and Senators to cosponsor and support the Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act today!