We’re Not your normal cancer Patients.
Those more likely to have ALK-POSITIVE Lung Cancer are:
About 50% of ALK-positive lung cancer patients are diagnosed before the age of 50.
The ALK Positive support group has many patients in their 30’s and even some in their 20’s.
Females make up 65% of those diagnosed.
The ALK gene rearrangement is strongly associated with a history of never or light smoking.
There is no known correlation of ALK-positive lung cancer with any environmental toxins, including smoking, second-hand smoke, asbestos, and air pollution.
4% of Lung Cancer Cases
Lung Cancer is the most common cancer worldwide as well as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
About 4% of all non-small cell lung cancer patients are diagnosed ALK-positive.
The ALK-positive gene rearrangement is responsible for approximately 72,000 new cases of lung cancer each year worldwide and 64,000 deaths each year worldwide.
WHAT IS ALK-Positive LUNG CANCER?
(The Technical Stuff)
“ALK-positive” refers to a rearrangement of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene in your DNA. The ALK gene tells your body how to make proteins that help cells talk to each other; those proteins are particularly prevalent in the lungs.
If you have lung cancer with an “ALK rearrangement”, part of your ALK gene is broken (or mutated) resulting in uncontrolled cell replication: cancer. You may hear your doctor call it ALK-positive.
ALK-positive lung cancer falls under the broader categories of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), adenocarcinoma group. Adenocarcinoma (‘adeno’ latin for gland) means that the cancer starts in the glands that line the inside of one of your organs.