Lung cancer is the world’s top cancer killer, claiming more than 1.3 million lives per year. Global statistics show that 25 percent of all cases are not attributable to an individual’s own tobacco use, making lung cancer in non-smokers the seventh leading cause of cancer death worldwide. In addition, there are more than 94 million current and former smokers in the U.S., many of which are at high risk of lung cancer.
The Canary Lung Cancer Team was launched in 2008 to address the pressing need to find potentially lethal lung cancer early and to better understand lung cancer among never smokers, which is a poorly understood and seldom-studied disease. The team is developing markers for risk assessment and early detection applicable to smokers and never smokers that complement imaging strategies.