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Awareness • Early Detection • Treatment • Research • Survivorship

Lung Cancer Facts

What is the biggest Cancer Killer?

Highlighting the lack of awareness about lung cancer. This features Draft ,and lung cancer survivor Jackie Archer, asking people on the street which cancer is the biggest killer of women, men and overall. While most people said that breast cancer kills more women, that prostate cancer more men, and that skin cancer kills more people overall than any other cancers, the fact is lung cancer takes more lives than breast, cervical and prostate cancer combined and kills more people than any other cancer. This video is designed to raise public awareness by shining a light on the true facts about this deadly disease and inviting people to share those facts.

The Facts

  1. Anyone can get lung cancer.
  2. Lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancer combined.
  3. The 5 year survival rate for lung cancer is just 16% - a rate that has changed very little since the 1970's.
  4. Nearly 60% of those diagnosed with lung cancer are people who have never smoked or are former smokers.
  5. Lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as the number #1 cancer killer for women in 1987.

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The State of Lung Cancer

We have visited over 100 cancer centers and hospitals across North America and we will visit more! Together WE ARE Changing the Face of Lung Cancer!

Ashley Mahaffey is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Today, a remarkable woman shared her mother’s story with Chris. Team Draft is proud to share the Ashley Joy’s story of her mother, Patricia Mahaffey... read more →

Jackie Archer is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Tuesday, August 2, 2005, at the age of 40 years and in seemingly excellent health, an evening commuter came crashing into my SUV. I quickly phoned 911. Within moments there were lights and sirens coming from every direction... read more →

Eva Borsi is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

“I have never smoked a day in my life,” begins Eva Borsi, a Seattle resident who is being treated at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for stage IV lung cancer."... read more →

Paul Bunn, MD University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Bunn’s research interests focus on novel therapies for lung cancer. He has published more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 122 reviews and 90 book chapters on lung cance... read more →

Deepa Subramaniam, MD, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Deepa Subramaniam, MD, has built a career on her desire to treat her patients with the utmost respect and dignity, working not just to help them overcome their cancer... read more →

William Mayfield, MD, WellStar Cancer Center in Marietta, Georgia

Dr. Mayfield earned his bachelor's degree from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. ... read more →

Music Matters at UC Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Team Draft kicked off the West Coast leg of its national campaign to change the face of lung cancer with a stop at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer (CFCC) at UC Irvine.... read more →

Dr. Kim, MD, Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina is Tackling Lung Cancer

Nationally Recognized Cancer Experts Join Levine Cancer Institute "A CANCER INSTITUTE WITHOUT WALLS." THIS IS THE PLEDGE OF CAROLINAS HealthCare System’s (CHS)... read more →

Wissam Abouzgheib, MD, Dir. of Interventional Pulmonology, Cooper University Hospital

Wissam Abouzgheib is one of two Interventional Pulmonologist at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. Interventional Pulmonology is an emerging field in Pulmonary that has..... read more →

Keisha Kirkland is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Phenomenal, brilliant, and driven are just a few words that characterize Dr. Keisha Kirkland. A woman of incredible poise and determination, Keisha Kirkland is the epitome of courage, strength, and the healing power of faith...... read more →

Matt Hiznay is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

My name is Matt Hiznay, and I am 25 years old. I am a lung cancer survivor. I am the first child of Jim and Mandie Hiznay. I have a younger sister, Katie, and a younger brother, Patrick. I grew up in Poland, Ohio, and graduated from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio... read more →

Alberto Lopez is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

So a little bit about my self, on how my cancer was detected. On a hot summer day in July, while preparing for vacation to San Antonio TX, we were loading up a camper trailer and that’s when I injured my back,... read more →

Now You Know! Take Action

Join the National Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer

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January 25, 2015 Atlanta, GA-Former NFL linebackers Chris Draft and Levon Kirkland will hold the line against lung cancer at the NFL Pro Bowl - Read More

January 15, 2015 Atlanta, GA-The winners of the inaugural Super Bowl Challenge will enjoy trips to the Super Bowl, the NFL Pro-Bowl and the Taste of the NFL - Read More

December 28, 2014 Atlanta, GA-Former Atlanta Falcon Chris Draft will be at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, with 20 year old lung cancer survivor Kiersten Dickson. - Read More

Prior to Super Bowl 46, ESPN highlighted the life of Keasha Rutledge Draft and the founding of Team Draft.

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News and Media

Let’s Change the Face of Lung Cancer …Together!

Manhattan, New York. On April 2rd, Former NFL player and Team Draft Co-Founder, Chris Draft and Lt. Commander Corey Carter, MD Walter Reed Military Hospital came to VA’s Manhattan campus.... read more →

Geraldine Carter – Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

When you’ve never smoked, being told you have lung cancer comes as a shock. That was the case with Geraldine Carter two years ago when she received the devastating news – stage 4 lung cancer.... read more →

Dan Friedman is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

A nonsmoker who regularly works out, Dan Friedman wasn’t the stereotypical person at risk for lung cancer. Yet there he was in 2011, at age 43, hearing he had the disease.... read more →

Huddling up With a Treatment Gameplan

Football was a major part of Jim Hatfield’s life so it was only natural that it was part of his successful journey through lung cancer too. Hatfield and his doctor, Craig Kovitz, M.D...... read more →

Natalie DiMarco is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Meet Natalie DiMarco, a 34-year-old daughter, wife, and mother of two. She was born in San Francisco and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Her family returned to the Bay Area when she was a teenager. ... read more →

Tackling Lung Cancer With The Colts

Just over three and half years ago, when Gregg Baumbaugh of Noblesville, Ind., came down with a runny nose and scratchy throat, a lung cancer diagnosis was the last thing he expected.... read more →

Team Draft and Marine fight lung cancer

LANDOVER, Md. (WJLA) - Smiling and surrounded by his family at the Redskins game on Sunday, you’d never know Marine Corps Major Joe Newcomb is fighting for his life. ... read more →

NBC 11Alive- Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

ATLANTA — Former Atlanta Falcon Chris Draft is teaming up with cancer patients and survivors to bring more attention and resources to lung cancer, the deadliest type of cancer for both men and women.... read more →

Not just a smoker’s disease -Former NFL player raises…

Lung cancer is often perceived as a smoker’s disease. But a hard look at lung cancer diagnosis data reveals that 45 percent of patients with the disease are former smokers, and an additional 15 percent never smoked at all...... read more →

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