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Beyond the pink

Posted: September 23, 2009 8:04 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Breast Cancer Awareness month is fast approaching.

Sadly though, November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, often goes unnoticed.

Labeled as a “smokers’ disease,” often stigmatized and eliciting a “blame the victim” mentality, lung cancer remains the No. 1 cancer killer in the U.S., killing more people than breast, colon, liver, kidney, prostate and melanoma cancers combined.

There is no early detection screening in place.

Generally asymptomatic, lung cancer is often misdiagnosed and the majority of lung cancer diagnosis will be found in the late stage. Most patients will die within one year.

Sixty percent of newly diagnosed cases are non-smokers or people who quit decades ago.

Anyone who has lungs is susceptible to lung cancer. And they’re pink, too.

Lung cancer research receives less funding per death than any other cancer.

The American Cancer Society represented lung cancer at their Relay for Life by handing out smoking cessation information and displaying a table covered with packs of empty cigarettes. A tragic misrepresentation of this deadly disease.

If you think you can’t get lung cancer because you don’t smoke — think again. No one deserves cancer.


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