How Grants Move Research Forward

The Progress of Research

Thanks to research, the 5-year survival rates have also been increasing – the overall cancer survival rate was 49% in the mid-1970s. In 2023, the survival rate currently sits at 68%.

The cancer survival rate changes from mid-1970s to 2023 are:

Breast cancer: 75% to 91%
Prostate cancer: 69% at 97%
Colorectal cancer: 50% to 65%

Lung cancer: 12% to 23%

This bar chart compares the 5-year survival rates for lung, breast, colon, and prostate cancer from 1970 to current day.

Disparities in Funding Looking at Mortality Impact

Did you know?

25% of all cancer deaths are due to lung cancer

9% of total federal research funding goes to lung cancer

15% of all cancer deaths are due to breast cancer

20% of total federal research funding goes to breast cancer

LCFA Grants push research along

Dr. Kellie Smith, Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Alice Berger, Fred Hutchinson Medical Center, discuss how their LCFA/IASLC Young Investigator grants benefit their research.

Meet the Researchers

Meet the distinguished investigators awarded Young Investigator grants by LCFA.