December 28, 2012

2012 August 23 – Lung Cancer Conference Researches Successful Screening Technique

The Australian Lung Foundation will host the 4th biannual Australian Lung Cancer Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 23 – 25 August. Nearly 500 specialist medical professionals will gather to discuss the latest lung cancer research on how to improve treatments and outcomes.

The Australian Lung Cancer Conference aims to provide a forum to raise and discuss issues relating to translating advances into clinical practice and the program is an exciting combination of science, technology, research and supportive care. Experts from around the globe will be on hand to comment on all of these topics.

Lung Cancer kills more Australians than Breast, Ovarian and Prostate Cancers combined. This is partly due to the fact that lung cancer is often not detected until it is well advanced and has spread throughout the body. Over 8,000 Australians die from lung cancer each year which makes it the biggest cancer killer, yet is one of the least funded. However, there is hope, thanks to new advances which are improving the chances of better outcomes in addition to important public health strategies such as plain tobacco packaging.

For the first time, recent research suggests the possibility that CT screening for lung cancer can save lives.  New Australian research to be presented at the conference demonstrates that lung cancer screening can be made more effective and has the potential to save lives using this technique.

Throughout this research, screening was undertaken with low-dose CT scans and most of the lung cancers detected were able to be treated with curative intent surgery.

Australian Lung Foundation Lung Cancer National Program Chairman, Professor Kwun Fong said that “At this important biannual conference, where we learn better ways to prevent and treat lung cancer, we are excited to hear about Australian research that builds on the recent US discovery showing for the first time that lung cancer screening can save lives.”

Australian Lung Foundation CEO William Darbishire said the Lung Foundation would encourage research into the early detection of lung cancer. “Over 20 Australians die from lung cancer each day. This research will help us continue our fight against lung cancer,” said Mr Darbishire.


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