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Lung cancer survival rates lagging behind

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Lung cancer claims more than 160,000 lives in the U.S. every year, that's more than any other cancer.  Even worse, just 16 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive five years.

The National Lung Cancer Partnership is striving to change that.  It has set a goal to double the survival rate by 2022.

Dr. Regina Vidaver, Executive Director of the partnership, talked with Wake Up anchor Lindsay Veremis about efforts to improve life expectancy for those with lung cancer.

She says the five-year lung cancer survival rate has barely budged in the past decade, inching up from 15 percent to 16 percent. That's because most people aren't diagnosed until the disease is advanced and their treatment options are limited, she says.  Research funding is vital to turning that around, including for the development of new, more effective therapies for treating lung cancer. "

Local fund-raising events include the Free to Breathe series. Through walks, runs, yogathons and other events, Free to Breathe unites people who are passionate about creating public awareness of lung cancer and raising vital funds for research.

Click on the video above for the full interview.

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