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Awareness • Early Detection • Treatment • Research • Survivorship

Lung Cancer Facts

What is the Biggest Cancer Killer

Produced in partnership with Catch It In Time (, this video highlights the lack of awareness about lung cancer. It features Draft 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 →

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

You've read the facts but here's another. Fighting for every breath requires a team effort. Every team is built when individuals like you who decide to make the choice to fight. We can't do it alone. Join TEAM DRAFT and LET'S FIGHT

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Anaheim, CA. Lung cancer survivor-advocates Dee Hunt and Shelley Dann represented Team Draft at the Honda Center. #HockeyFightsCancer #LCAM15 - Read More

Dallas, TX. Lung cancer survivor-advocates Donna Fernandez and Sherilyn Hibben represented Team Draft at the American Airlines Center.#HockeyFightsCancer #LCAM15 - Read More

Charlotte, NC. Lung cancer survivor-advocates Edwina and Tomma represented Team Draft at Bank of America Stadium. #Tacklinglungcancer #Levine #UNC #LCAM15 - 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

Super Bowl Challenge Runner-Up Dan Powell at NFL Pro Bowl

“Going to the Pro Bowl is a dream come true. This time last year I was fighting for my life with the stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis. We have incredible support from my friends, family, my church, support groups, and cutting-edge treatment from St. Francis Cancer Center.... read more →

2015 Taste of the NFL With Samantha Mixon

Super Bowl Challenge second Runner-Up and lung cancer survivor Samantha Mixon of St. Simons Island, Georgia is heading to the Taste of the NFL, a gala event taking place in the Super Bowl city the night before the big game. ... read more →

Super Bowl Challenge Winners Paul and Lucy Kalanithi

“We are proud to honor these outstanding advocates who are truly changing the face of lung cancer by supporting promising research and treatments that are giving lung cancer survivors more days weeks , months and even years to treasure with their loved ones,”... read more →

Former Falcon Starts Cancer Fundraiser for Super Bowl

ATLANTA — Former Atlanta Falcon Chris Draft is using healthy competition and the lure of the Super Bowl to raise money fight lung cancer. “Team Draft Super Bowl Challenge” gives lung cancer survivors the chance to compete against one another to collect donations for the National Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer... read more →

Tackling Cancer with Team Draft and the St. Louis Rams

Earth City, MO) – Former St. Louis Rams linebacker and Team Draft co-founder, Chris Draft, returned to training camp, but this time he wasn’t preparing to take on divisional rivals like the San Francisco 49ers or the Seattle Seahawks. This time, he was tackling cancer—an opponent with which he is all too familiar.... read more →

Lung Cancer Survivor Jenny White Trains for Marathon

“I think differently now. I always thought I had all the time in the world. Now, I know I’d better get moving.” Looking back, Jenny White thanks her lucky stars she was uncharacteristically determined to deep clean her bathroom that day. “I don’t really like to clean house,” Jenny, now 53, said with a smile, “but it was past time to clean that bathroom.”... read more →

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. They were videotaped in conversation with Chief of Radiology Patrick Malloy,MD. ... 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 →

Post Falls Coach Jeff Hinz is Battling Cancer

Seattle, WA. High school football coach and lung cancer survivor Jeff Hinz and his family represented Team Draft at the University of Washington Huskies game. They also attended the game after a huge Post Falls High School victory the night before. ... read more →

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