This website is dedicated to the memory of Marcia; a wife, mother and friend, who touched the lives of so many with her positive attitude and joy for living. Although her life on earth ended far too soon, her spirit lives on through the Marcia Lemkin Foundation.

The Silent Killer & Abysmal Lung Cancer Funding
Per the American Cancer Society, Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women.

It was estimated by the American Cancer Society that there would be 161,840 deaths from lung cancer in 2008 (90,810 among men and 71,030 among women), accounting for about 29% of all cancer deaths. Additionally, it was estimated by the American Cancer Society that there would be 215,020 new lung cancer cases diagnosed in 2008 (114,690 among men and 100,330 among women), accounting for about 15% of all cancer diagnoses.  More women die each year from lung cancer than from breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers combined. Every hour of every day, 19 people die from lung cancer and at least 15-percent never smoked. Lung cancer is considered a silent killer, since the disease is most often not detected until it is in a terminal stage (see Early Detection section of our site).

Lung Cancer funding by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is abysmal, as compared to its funding for other cancers. For example, in 2007, the NCI funding per each new lung cancer case was $10,553, as compared to $74,435 per each new cervical cancer case, $67,950 per each new brain cancer case, $44,758 per each new ovarian cancer case, $31,033 per each new breast cancer case, and $17,364 per each new colorectal cancer case. Of the twelve cancers funded by the NCI, only stomach cancer, at $5,581 per each new case, received a lower level of funding than lung cancer in 2007.

Our Mission

The mission of The Marcia Lemkin Foundation is to provide funding for  lung cancer research, treatment and support programs, funding and publicity for early detection lung cancer screening for those at risk, and to make available the most current lung cancer research and news.


Women's Lung Cancer Forum

Clicking on the link below will bring you to an excellent new lung cancer site:


Women's Lung Cancer Forum


 How You Can Help

The Marcia Lemkin Foundation is supported by people like you--people who want to make a difference and we very much appreciate your help. We  look forward to seeing you at our next annual 5K Race & Walk on August 30, 2009. If you are unable to attend, your donation would be greatly appreciated (please make checks payable to the Marcia Lemkin Foundation & mail to 440 Middlesex Road #233, Tyngsboro, MA 01879). 


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