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Research saves lives

Investment in research has significantly improved survival rates for other cancers in the past several decades. With your support, Free to Breathe is working to make lung cancer a part of this story. That's why research is a critical part of our vision to double lung cancer survival by 2022.


There is not enough funding for lung cancer research

Survival Rates vs. Federal Funding Per Death

Lung cancer claims more lives each year than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined, but these cancers receive proportionately more research funding than lung cancer.

Free to Breathe research grants

Since 2005, Free to Breathe has awarded more than $4 million for cutting-edge research that is essential to helping patients live longer and better lives.

Free to Breathe is currently sponsoring Young Investigator Research Grants, which provide scientists the critical ground-level support they need to build their ideas, secure further funding and advance their research.  These researchers are fueling innovative ideas across a wide variety of lung cancer research areas that have long been underfunded, including:

  • Early detection
  • How the body's immune system responds to treatment
  • Genetic components and risk factors of the disease
  • How a tumor 'environment affects its growth
  • The effect of guilt and shame on treatment

Free to Breathe also funds the Impact Award, in partnership with Uniting Against Lung Cancer, which is expected to produce significant improvement for patients in the next five years.

Read about these cutting-edge research projects and more that Free to Breathe is funding.


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