Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women and accounts for almost 28% of all cancer deaths worldwide, and global incidence is increasing by ~0.5% per year. Lung cancer is often fatal, with a 5-year survival rate of ~14%, primarily owing to a lack of early detection and a lack of effective therapies in later states.
In a new project, scientists at the German Center for Lung Research (DZL) investigate the impact of e-cigarette vapor on lung health. This interdisciplinary approach combines various projects of all five sites. The project is financed by the prize money of the International Balzan Prize Foundation and additional DZL funds. The DZL was awarded the Balzan Prize in November 2019 for its influential work in the field of pathophysiology of respiration.