SOURCE: Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program

March 27, 2008 05:00 ET

Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program Urges Support for Early Detection Research: Funding Controversy Should Not Derail Efforts to Improve Lung Cancer Survival

VANCOUVER, WA--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Concerned about recent reports about funding from tobacco companies casting doubt upon the objectivity of past studies, the Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program urges continued focus on critical early lung cancer detection research. We urge the lung cancer community and the public at large to continue efforts to expand and expedite sound lung cancer research, and not to lose sight of the ultimate goal of finding lung cancer sufficiently early to allow for cure.

"The Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program is committed to improved wellness and longevity for the lung cancer community. Early lung cancer detection research is an essential component in achieving the goal of improved lung cancer survival," said Dr. Tina M. St. John, Executive Director and Medical Director of the Caring Ambassadors Program. "By and large, health care providers, academicians, patients, and their loved ones all share this common goal."

The Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program champions the position that the full array of lung cancer early detection tools that have shown promise in early clinical studies (e.g., breath testing, CT and other diagnostic imaging, genetic screening, and others) should be pursued rigorously and quickly to save the lives of those at risk. Scientific scrutiny is both encouraged and promoted as both help ensure the best diagnostic tools and outcomes for lung cancer patients. The Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program believes the same level of interest, compassion, professionalism, and support should be applied to all people afflicted with cancer regardless of type.

About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among American men and women of all ethnicities, resulting in more deaths each year than breast, prostate, and colon cancer combined. Each day, approximately 470 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with lung cancer and 450 people die of the disease.

About the Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program

The Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program ( is a national nonprofit organization devoted to increasing the wellness and longevity of people affected by lung cancer through information, awareness, and interpersonal support. Founded in 2001, the organization is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, U.S.A.

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