1. We need earlier diagnosis
Early detection of lung cancer improves survival rates and opens the door to more treatment options. Early detection requires early access to screening, and it results in more referrals to crucial specialist care.
2. We need quick access to effective treatments
There have been numerous scientific advancements and innovations in treatment, but once diagnosed, many people are waiting too long for access to the personalized medicine they desperately need. Some even die waiting for their biomarker test results.
3. We need an end to lung cancer stigma
Because smoking is seen as the main cause of lung cancer, 30% of people affected blame themselves for their illness. This can (and does) affect patient outcomes, and can make people feel like they don’t deserve care — especially when the announcement of their diagnosis is so often met with the question “Did you smoke?”
- How can stigma delay diagnosis?
- Why is lung cancer research so underfunded?
- How can I help?
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
“We celebrate life, but we also realize that cancer survivors may suffer from sporadic or lifelong side effects of cancer and its treatment. As a cancer survivor organization, we are working toward raising awareness of the need for cancer rehabilitation services and the establishment of these services across Canada.”
Jackie Manthorne, President & CEO, Canadian Cancer Survivor Network