November is lung cancer awareness month

More people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer

So I’m saying WTF? (Where’s the funding?)

In 2007, 200,000+ people were diagnosed with lung cancer and nearly 160,000 died from it (and that’s just in the US). Despite the fact lung cancer is so lethal and prevalent, funding and awareness remains pitifully low.  At this point in my life, I remain largely unaffected by lung cancer (thank goodness), but many others are not nearly as fortunate.

Did you know?  

  • Lung cancer takes more lives then breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined.   
  • Non-smoking women are the fastest growing lung cancer population.

I don’t often use my blog as a bully pulpit, but I’d really appreciate it if my US readers would give pause to an initiative that is the brain child of a woman named Diane Daniels Legg.  Diane is working fervently to get more US Senators and Representatives to sign onto the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction (S.752 inthe senate and H.R. 1394 in the House of Representatives). This Act was introduced in both the Senate and House, and it calls for a comprehensive research plan addressing all aspects of lung cancer.

Learn more by visiting the Lung Cancer Advocacy Alliance and contact your elected representative to ask them to help fund the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction (S.752 inthe senate and H.R. 1394 in the House of Representatives).

This post is dedicated to Diane Legg and Terry O’Brien and in memory of Helen Panter who passed away from lung cancer in 2006.

6 responses to “November is lung cancer awareness month

  1. People incorrectly assume that lung cancer only affects those who smoke. While smoking clearly increases your risk of developing lung cancer, non-smokers develop lung cancer. The view that those that smoke are at fault for their cancer diagnosis explains why funding for lung cancer research is dramatically lower than breast, colon, and prostate cancer – yet lung cancer kills more people (women AND men) than breast or prostate cancer. Thank you for posting Rob – my dad would be happy to know that people DO care!

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  2. My dad died from lung cancer. It’s a terrible disease.

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  3. Thanks for posting this, Rob. More funding for lung cancer is urgently needed. If you have lungs, you can get cancer there. The numbers of non-smoking women with this cancer is on the rise….my mom being one of them who had no risk factors. Chest CT scans can help catch it early…..insurance companies now need to need to catch on and see how its been proven effective in treating it at its earliest stage. More targeted therapies need to be developed as well…..funding, funding, funding!

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  4. Thanks Rob! My mum would really appreciate an awareness brought to this horrible cancer.

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  5. We cannot win the war with cancer until we address lung cancer. thanks for posting! i love you!!

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  6. I like your blog.

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