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LUNG FORCE Research Innovation Project: Lung Cancer in Women

(May 24, 2016)

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Lung cancer is a women's health issue. The rate of new lung cancer cases has almost doubled among women in the last 38 years, while falling 29 percent among men. More women than ever are dying of lung cancer and we need to understand why.

This year, the American Lung Association has created a new research award to examine gender differences in lung cancer. We are excited to announce that Sharad Goyal, MD is the first recipient of The LUNG FORCE Research Innovation Project: Lung Cancer in Women Award, funded by the Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative, which raises awareness of the impact of lung cancer in women and critical funds for lung cancer research.

Dr. Goyal is a radiation oncologist and Associate Professor at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His primary research focuses on the integration of data from epidemiological settings in cardiology and oncology to better inform treatment and survivorship issues among cancer patients. 

Through this new award—funding $400,000 over three years—Dr. Goyal and his team will seek to determine if radiation exposure from interventional cardiovascular procedures leads to increased risk of lung cancer in women as compared to men. 

"Funding from the American Lung Association will allow me to research questions that are important to both lung cancer patients and the medical community, as our findings may reduce the incidence and mortality of lung cancer patients," Dr. Goyal said. "By being able to discuss the risks, benefits and alternatives to medical imaging of the heart, patients will be better informed of their risk of developing cancer."

Lung cancer in women indicates that there are potential differences in risk factors as compared to men, and through this LUNG FORCE research award we will be better able to identify one of those potential risk factors. Learn more about what Dr. Goyal will be doing, and his process, through a Q&A with our Vice President of Research and Scientific Affairs, Susan Rappaport, MPH.

Along with this award, the Lung Association offers additional lung cancer research focused awards including the Lung Cancer Discovery Award and the Momentum Research Award: Defeating Lung Cancer in Women in partnership with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

Funding medical research is at the core of the Lung Association's mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Through LUNG FORCE, we have committed to invest $10 million in lung cancer research and advocate for increasing federal funding for lung cancer research to $450 million by 2020. With the determination and dedication of researchers like Dr. Goyal, we can defeat lung cancer.

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