Lung Cancer Survivors Day
August 01, 2012
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Lung Cancer, often referred to as the “Invisible Disease”, is generally asymptomatic and often goes undetected or misdiagnosed, while advancing to a late incurable stage. Only 15% of patients diagnosed in the late stages will survive 5 years.
Although early detection screening has been a topic of great concern and study, the established guidelines continue to leave a large percent of the population ineligible for screening. Anyone can get Lung cancer.
Widely portrayed and publicized as a “Smokers Disease”, over 60% of newly diagnosed patients are never smokers or quit years ago .An increasing amount of young non-smoking women are being diagnosed. Anyone with lungs can get Lung Cancer.
Lung Cancer is the #1 cancer killer in the U.S., claiming 160,000 lives annually. This is almost 10 times the amount of lives lost to AIDS ( 18,000 annually) and this is more than breast, colon, kidney, and melanoma cancers ...combined.
This year, Lung Cancer will kill twice as many women as Breast Cancer.
Lung Cancer receives less research funding (per death) than any other type of cancer.
Radon, asbestos, diesel, poor air quality, environmental pollutants and chemical toxicity are all proven factors that contribute to causing Lung Cancer. Anyone can get Lung Cancer.
The first question most Lung Cancer Patients are asked is “Did You Smoke?". The public perception that Lung cancer is a smoker’s disease, the “blame-the-victim” mentality and the overall stigma attached to this disease, far too often denies Lung cancer patients the Support and Compassion afforded other cancers and major diseases.
Lung cancer patients face the same physical, emotional and financial hardships as any other cancer. They battle the same fears, depression, losses and grueling treatments. Yet those battling receive minimal recognition and support from our Society. Lung Cancer is bad-Its victims are not. Like AIDS, Alcoholism, Obesity, Drug abuse and a myriad of diseases that can be “rooted in causes” Lung cancer Patients deserve support, not shame and blame.