Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths around the world – more than breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers combined.1,2 You may have a friend, family member or acquaintance who has lung cancer. You may think that smoking is to blame. You probably do not know that there are other causes, including genetic changes, that may cause lung cancer. You are not alone.
Lung cancer can affect Any One, Any Lung. Help correct common misconceptions and share the facts.
Understand the global perception on lung cancer
A survey of more than 10,000 adults across 10 countries found that a large majority feel they know little about lung cancer, a highly complicated disease.
The Any One Any Lung survey uncovered not only a significant lack of understanding about the widespread impact of lung cancer, but also a critical absence of knowledge around the role of genetic changes in the development of the disease.
Global survey findings3
A large majority (84%) of the general public feel they know little or nothing about lung cancer
The majority (59%) of people don’t realize that lung cancer causes the most cancer deaths worldwide
Three in four people immediately think smoking is the cause when they hear someone has lung cancer
Over half believe people who get lung cancer have brought it on themselves by smoking
Two in five adults say there is little support or compassion for people with lung cancer in their country
Just one in five adults recognize changes in genetic makeup as a cause of lung cancer
Six percent of people believe no one under the age of 40 can get lung cancer
17% believe that all people who are diagnosed with lung cancer are current or former smokers
Less than 1 in 5 recognize that therapies targeted to a specific change in genetic makeup can be used to treat lung cancer, significantly less than mention chemotherapy delivered directly to into the blood, radiation, surgery and therapies that help the body's immune system fight cancer
Any One Any Lung debunks the myths about lung cancer, highlights the stigma, and encourages people to get educated and take action.
Did you know?
Lung cancer does not discriminate
Each year, approximately 1.8 million people worldwide are diagnosed with lung cancer and each year the disease claims the lives of 1.59 million people.1 It affects a wide variety of people – young and old, men and women, smokers and nonsmokers.
Lung cancer is on the rise among nonsmokers
In the U.S., lung cancer in non-smokers is the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths.4 In addition, factors such as the environment, family history and genetics all play a key role in influencing a person’s chances for developing lung cancer.
There is more than one kind of lung cancer
Research shows that genetic changes at the cellular level play an important role in the development of lung cancer. In fact, these “driver” mutations have been identified in approximately 60% of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most common form of the disease. The scientific community has identified 12 genetic targets that drive NSCLC and this has changed the way the medical community approaches the treatment of this disease.5
Lung cancer treatment is no longer ‘one size fits all’
Since all lung cancers are different, patients require individual treatment plans. With new technologies that look at a patient’s tumor cell on the molecular level, patients can now benefit from ‘precision oncology’ – individualized treatment plans with novel molecularly-targeted therapies. This approach provides patients with the best treatments for their type of lung cancer while at the same time helping them to avoid treatments that are not going to be effective based on their genetic makeup.
Molecular (or genetic) testing can help identify the best treatment plan for people with lung cancer
Molecular or genetic testing is performed to provide information about the genetic make-up of a patient’s tumor and to further classify their specific type of lung cancer. In fact, leading professional organizations recommend that patients undergo molecular testing to determine an appropriate treatment plan.6