Lung Cancer Awareness Month – Australia’s BIGGEST killer – November 2021

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This year you can help fund life-changing research and support programs to provide hope for Australians living with lung cancer. To find out how you can get involved, please visit:

What is Shine a Light?

Shine a Light is a community driven campaign that was started by a family in 2011 to raise vital funds for research into lung cancer. Since then, Shine a Light has grown into a nationwide event, with people all over Australia getting involved. Events can be held throughout the year but many members of the community choose to hold theirs in November during Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Did you know lung cancer is Australia’s biggest cancer killer?

Research offers hope and your support helps keep hope alive for the 13,250 Australians living with lung cancer. Together, we can help shine a light on lung cancer and fund groundbreaking research.

Shining a light on research

Research offers hope, whether for a cure or for an improvement in quality of life. Lung cancer is Australia’s biggest cancer killer and has a devastating impact on the lives of thousands of Australians every year, yet it receives less than 5% of dedicated government cancer research funding.

Thanks to the money raised through the generosity of our community, we provide seed funds to early and mid-career researchers to support discoveries towards the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and a cure for lung cancer. Through the Shine a Light campaign we have funded some of the best and brightest researchers to gain a greater understanding of the disease and work towards a future free from lung cancer.

This year, Lung Foundation Australia will also be partnering with Cancer Australia to support the Priority Driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme.

Your support is making a difference

In Australia, more than 13,250 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year and the majority of these people, almost 85% will be diagnosed at a late stage. While these statistics are confronting, together we are making an undeniable impact on the future of lung cancer.

Particularly in recent years, advancements in treatments have seen an increase in survival rates and quality of life. Most significantly, in the last 20 years lung cancer mortality rates have decreased more than any other cancer. Now more than ever, we need to work together and build on the momentum we’ve created to drive real and lasting change. There is still more work ahead, and we can’t win this race without your ongoing support.

Your support enables cutting edge research which will pave the way towards a brighter future for Australians living with lung cancer.

Your donations, fundraising and advocacy efforts are vital to increasing investment into research and creating a brighter future for Australians living with lung cancer.

Source & further information Shine a Light on Lung Cancer 2021 (

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