5 Things about Lung Cancer We Want Everyone to Know
Although lung cancer is the Number 1 cancer killer, it is the
least funded in terms of federal research dollars. (See Chart)
Some researchers suggest a correlation between the stigma
associated with lung cancer and the lack of funding.
The majority of newly diagnosed lung cancer cases
are in nonsmokers. Yes, smoking is the #1 risk factor for developing
lung cancer. However, half of those diagnosed are former smokers,
many who quit smoking more than a decade ago. And, between
15 percent and 20 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer
never smoked. In fact, more Americans who never smoked will die
this year from lung cancer than from HIV-AIDS.
Radon is an odorless, tasteless naturally-occurring inert gas that gets trapped in homes
and offices. This year, 21,000 Americans will die from radon-induced lung cancer, according
to the Environmental Protection Agency. There is an easy, inexpensive method to test your
home or work environment for radon. If a problem is detected, there is a relatively
inexpensive method to eliminate the risk from your home and protect your family.
Due to the lack of lung cancer research funding, there are no embraced protocols for early
detection of lung cancer, as there are for other major cancers. The majority of lung cancer patients die within a year of their diagnosis because the disease is not found until it is late stage. Mammograms detect breast cancer. PSA tests help detect prostate cancer. Colonoscopies detect colon cancer. Yet the Number 1 cancer killer has been virtually ignored--until now. (See NCI Lung Cancer Screening Report.)
Bonus Fact: Take heart. The tide is turning. And, with your help, we will make a difference.
Note: These are the bare-bone basics of lung cancer. To learn more lung cancer facts, visit Uncommon Lung Cancer Facts.