V Foundation's new lung cancer research focuses on African-American population

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The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina and The V Foundation for Cancer Research have partnered to fund new research focused on lung cancer among the African-American population in the state.

The partnership between the two organizations will see The V Foundation – through the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund – match the Lung Cancer Initiative’s $200,000 grant, for a total of $400,000 in funding, according to the Lung Cancer Initiative.

Lung cancer incidence and death from the disease is higher in African-Americans than all other ethnic groups, at 76.6 percent versus 64.5 percent and 62 percent versus 54.7 percent, respectively, according to the Lung Cancer Initiative.

“Lung cancer is a devastating disease that is striking at an alarming rate in minority populations,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation. “The research funded through this partnership aims to determine why this is happening and how we can stop it. We look forward to great success by working together.”

The research grant recipients are Chad Pecot of UNC-Chapel Hill and Jeffrey Clarke of Duke University.

“We are honored to collaborate with The V Foundation for Cancer Research to fund research grants that will bring awareness to this underfunded disease,” said Heather Hooper, executive director of the Lung Cancer Initiative. “Recognizing and addressing disparities in our community will not only improve understanding but save lives.”

Jennifer Henderson covers health care/life sciences, law and higher education.

Category Tag(s): Lung Cancer News


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