On World Cancer Day we at the GLCC renew our mission pledge – to stand shoulder to shoulder with all affected by lung cancer.

As the global ‘voice’ of people with lung cancer, we remain committed to improving outcomes for all.

We aim to place lung cancer on the global health agenda, to lessen the stigma and misconceptions that can surround the disease, to empower those with lung cancer and their loved ones to engage in an active role in their care process, and to effect change in legal and regulatory policies to improve treatment and care for all.

Our resources are free to use and available to all who are striving to improve the lives of people with lung cancer.

May we wish all engaged in care, whether giving or receiving it, a healthy World Cancer Day. We also remember all those whose lives have been taken by all forms of cancer. Together with colleagues across the world, we are working to lessen the impact of lung cancer and promote better outcomes.

Our member organisations worldwide all contribute in their unique ways to this mission.

To mark World Cancer Day, here is an example of real-world progress:

From the University of Liverpool, UK: 

Pioneering research led by the University of Liverpool has contributed to new government recommendations for a national lung cancer screening programme.

The UK National Screening Committee has recommended the introduction of targeted screening for 55 to 74-year-olds with a history of smoking who are at higher risk of lung cancer.

Lung cancer is Britain’s most common cause of cancer death, with smoking the most common cause. Although late-stage lung cancer has a poor prognosis, early-stage cancer can be successfully treated with a good clinical outcome if diagnosed early.

Over the past three decades, Liverpool has played an essential role in establishing the potential of lung cancer screening for early diagnosis in the UK.

In 1993, the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation awarded a grant to Professor John Field to study genetic changes in lung cancer. This work formed the basis for the Liverpool Lung Project (LLP) and the development of the LLP risk model to help identify individuals at high risk of developing lung cancer.

Read the full report here. 

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation continues to fund research projects, and a research fellowship to enable scientists to expand their skill-set and develop their potential.

This fellowship is a key part of the support the charity provides to developing better understanding of lung cancer, treatments, routes to diagnosis, care pathways and improving the patient experience.

From RoyCastle.org:

Lung cancer research has been at the core of our charity since the day it was founded. Professor Ray Donnelly started the foundation because no one would invest in lung cancer research and, for the past 33 years, we have remained as focused and as committed to research as ever.

This is why we are delighted to announce our latest commitment to lung cancer research with the James Brokenshire Lung Cancer Research Fellowship.

In memory of James, and a celebration of our shared dedication to improving outcomes for lung cancer, the James Brokenshire Lung Cancer Research Fellowship will help develop the next generation of lung cancer researchers who may hold the key to improving long term survival of the world’s biggest cancer killer.

The fellowship will be kindly funded by Cathy Brokenshire, with support from family, friends and colleagues.

Read the full report here.


In Canada, from Lung Health Foundation: 

According to a new report by Statistics Canada, “Over three-quarters of the approximately 134,000 lung cancer cases from 2010 to 2017 are diagnosed between the ages of 55 and 84 and over 51% are diagnosed at stage four.”
Also, when caught at the first stage, the five-year survival exceeds 90% for 4 out of 5 most common cancers in Canada, with women having a far better survival rate than men when it comes to lung cancer.
That’s why Lung Health Foundation is advocating for robust cancer screening programs and services across the country so we can detect cancer early and save lives. #cancer #lungcancer #lungcancerscreening #healthcare.
The Lung Foundation Australia highlights inequalities in cancer care: 
Today, on World Cancer Day, we highlight the inequity faced by Australians living with lung cancer. At an extremely low 20%, people living with lung cancer face the lowest 5-year survival rate of the 5 most common cancers.
This survival rate is even lower for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people experiencing low socio-economic disadvantage, and those in regional, rural and remote communities.
Last year, the Medical Services Advisory Committee recommended a targeted lung cancer screening program which will lead to early diagnosis, ultimately providing greater treatment options for patients and a higher likelihood of survival. We will continue to push for the Government to fund this screening program in the next budget in order to bring survival rates in line with other leading cancers.
If you are living with, or caring for someone with lung cancer, you can express your interest in a telephone appointment with a Lung Cancer Support Nurse or Lung Cancer Social Worker by visiting https://lungfoundation.com.au/find-a-service/
And across Europe, the voice of women against lung cancer, WALCE, share their message: 
Strong alone, unstoppable together.
These are the words to celebrate today – along with prevention, research, treatment innovations, support and awareness – on this World Cancer Day #4February #WorldCancerDay.
Let’s bridge the care gap because everyone deserves access to cancer care #CloseTheCareGap 
And in the USA – from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation: 
Today, Feb 4, is #WorldCancerDay, and LCRF is committed to raising awareness and funding research that will break barriers to #lungcancer treatment.