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No One Deserves Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the single leading cancer killer of both men and women in the United States, yet it remains largely overlooked.

No one deserves to bear the burden of lung cancer. This devastating disease is the single leading cancer killer of both men and women in the United States, yet it remains largely overlooked.

Approximately 373,489 Americans are living with lung cancer and more than 221,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2011 alone. There is no better time than now -- National Lung Cancer Awareness Month -- for all Americans to understand the severity of lung cancer and to do what they can to help prevent it and support the fight for a cure.

The causes of lung cancer include cigarette smoke, radon exposure, industrial exposures to hazardous materials like asbestos and arsenic; even some genetic factors pose a lung cancer risk.

The American Lung Association provides services and resources for lung cancer patients. It also supports research that focuses on preventing lung cancer, increasing the survival rate and reducing its effects on patients’ quality of life. 

To view lung cancer resources including tips for minimizing the risk of lung cancer and ways to support a friend or loved one with lung cancer, visit www.lung.org.

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RONALD M GOLDWYN November 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM
My mother never smoked a day in her life, yet died of cancer. She never was exposed to Radon, or industrial exposures or hazardous materials., but she did come into contact with 2nd hand smoke. She came to me and said her doctor said she had 6 months to live, but she fought it for 17 years and died 2 days after be released from Sloan Kettering Hospital where they said they had run out of experimental treatments. I wonder if my smoke was what caused her death? I gave up smoking and not advocate that even outdoors we be a smoke free community. We may have a right to kill ourselves, but not others.
Lance Coughlin November 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM
cigarettes are a huge moneymaker for the government. the tax on a pack of smokes in CT is in the neighborhood of 6 bucks a pack.
orange mom November 24, 2011 at 01:17 AM
No One Deserves Lung Cancer means just what it says. People suffer from and often die from lung cancer for a variety of reasons. People who are in their deepest despair should not have to also worry about the judgement of others. What they need is community and family support.
MisterSpuddy November 24, 2011 at 04:12 AM
Elizabeth, thank you for writing this. There needs to be more coverage of this and how research lags behind other forms of cancer because of blame-the-victim mentality. Lost my mom to this horrible disease and more recently a friend who never smoked. Ronald, don't be too hard on yourself. We can never know really what caused this in the long run. There needs to be more work and money spent on finding a cure.

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