Sunday, June 10, 2012

making noise for lung cancer

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in America … this one reoccurring fact kept leaping out of the screen as I researched myths and facts about lung cancer.

Yet despite claiming more lives than any other cancer, lung cancer receives comparatively little research funding or even attention.

Lung cancer kills more women each year than breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers combined. But unless you live under a rock how can you miss the shelves of pink product packaging during breast cancer awareness month.

The American Cancer Society’s defensiveness over their silence and underfunding of lung cancer only seems to add to the incongruity.

Is it the stigma of smoking? … anyone even non-smokers can develop lung cancer. Lung cancer in ‘never-smokers’ is now considered the 6th most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

Firefighters and emergency responders are at increased risk of lung cancer. 

Sitting in traffic puts you at risk. World Health Organization reports that "diesel exhaust IS a cause of lung cancer" and gasoline exhaust is "probably carcinogenic to humans."

Is it an age thing? … lung cancer can strike people of any age including children.

So why is lung cancer overlooked and underfunded? … too much whistling past the graveyard and too little research  … or are too many advocates simply silenced by the low survival rate?

Our family is one of almost a quarter of a million families that will receive a lung cancer diagnosis this year.

160,000 Americans will die this year of lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Awareness (1 min 48 sec)
It’s time “to drag lung cancer out of the shadows and focus public attention on this cruel and unrelenting killer”  Leaders of the Lung Cancer Free World

related entry:

when caregivers get sick - lung cancer

Patrick Leer
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @


  1. Great entry! Lung Cancer is a terrible thing to live with!

    Jackie aka 'Bama'

  2. ..."lung cancer receives comparatively little research funding or even attention"....

    I guess it's in the little dinghy floating next to Multiple Sclerosis, in the middle of a pink ocean.

  3. I missed this whole chapter of your life. My sincere apologies. You made your point though, didn't you? Why is it overlooked... I am sorry I was one that did. =(


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