Lung Cancer Smoke Screen

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Dr. Michael Weitz was an emergency physician at St. John's Hospital but now has lung cancer though he never smoked.
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I think the "stigma" of lung cancer is at best a waste of effort, there are exceptions to every rule but that doesn't mean the rule isn't true, everyone knows that non-smokers can and do get lung cancer just like men can and do get breast cancer.
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Eye opening & disappointing;
Eye opening for what is happening with Lung Cancer patients & disappointing how much we as a community have judgments about disease & type of disease & how much our judgments, our decisions & our actions costing patients, their loved ones & community as whole.
CHERYL

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I gald someone cares. I lost my husband to CANCER. SMALL CELL which is a type of LUNG CANCER. The 1ST round of treatment he did well but it was down hill after that. He died a little over a year after diagonsised

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EPA Study: 2.2M Live Where Air Poses Cancer Risk + map

The government's latest snapshot of air pollution across the nation shows residents of New York, Oregon and California faced the highest risk of developing cancer from breathing toxic chemicals.

Graphic: In 2002, 2.2 million Americans lived in neighborhoods where air pollution caused an excess cancer risk greater than 100 in 1 million, a level EPA considers unacceptable. A look at the states and U.S. territory with the largest number of people living in such neighborhoods.(Source: EPA)

The results, compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency, represent the most sweeping analysis to date of the state of the nation's air. The analysis is based on emissions from 2002, the latest year for which the EPA had detailed estimates of pollution from across the nation.

Called the National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment, or NATA, the study is used by the EPA to identify parts of the country where residents could face the greatest health threats from air pollution.

The assessment found air pollution generally presented high health risks around major cities such as New York and Los Angeles although some of the counties where the air was even worse were in rural areas of Mississippi and Kentucky.

Almost 2.2 million people lived in neighborhoods where pollution raised the risk of developing cancer to levels the government generally considers to be unacceptable. There, toxic chemicals were significant enough that people who breathed the air throughout their lives faced an extra 100-in-1 million risk of getting cancer.

Many of those people about 847,000 lived in New York City. The worst single neighborhood lay between two freeways in Cerritos, Calif., outside Los Angeles. There, the EPA estimated an excess cancer risk of more than 1,200 in 1 million, 34 times the national average.
Dusty Donaldson

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Jun 30, 2009
 
Great story, Susan! Thank you for shining a light on lung cancer. Your article helps remove the stigma those of us dealing with this disease face. You really hit the nail on the head. Bravo!
Dusty Donaldson, lung cancer survivor and advocate for research and compassion
www.dustydonaldson.blogspot.com

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You read the article you will find they do not even study non-smokers who get lung cancer. That is telling me they only blame smoking and not looking for the real cause. I grew up when almost all smoked non-filtered stronger cigarettes and there was not the cancers around then like today.
Nancy Gatschet

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Jun 30, 2009
 
Thanks for doing this story - it is certainly one that needs to be told. As a lung cancer survivor and advocate, I fight the stigma that reduces the ability to get funding. And what you said is true - other diseases include risky behaviors as causes, yet don't suffer the reduction in funding. As a research community and a caring world, we need to get past the cause and focus on the cure.
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Thank you for doing this article on the stigma of lung cancer. I lost my mother to small cell also just 5 weeks before I was married. She hung her head in shame when someone asked her if she smoked because she felt like she had brought it on herself. But no one should have to feel that way, smoker it not. Unfortunately there are not enough stories like Dr. Weitz's that are publicized to shed light on the fact that anyone can get lung cancer.
Charmaine Atkenson

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Jun 30, 2009
 
I was a wife to my college sweetheart, mom to two beautiful daughters and an adorable Yorkshire Terrier, and president of the PTO when I was diagnosed with stage iv lung cancer in 2006. I had never smoked, never lived with a smoker, never worked in a smoke filled environment, nor was I exposed to radon. Though I have survived almost three years, my chances of being alive in another two years is only 1/2 of 1%.

When someone learns of my diagnosis they assume that I was a former smoker or that my parents or husband smoked. When they learn that smoking had nothing to do with my developing lung cancer, they want to know what else could have "caused" it.

To me, and the thousands like me, determining the cause of our cancer is immaterial. The important issue to address is the political and social reality of inequitable funding for lung cancer research and compassion for lung cancer patients. Nearly 1/3 of all cancer deaths are attributable to lung cancer yet it is the least funded. If we ever hope to win the war on cancer we need to stop assessing blame and begin to adequately fund research for the biggest cancer killer of them all. True charity and true concern looks at the need, not at the cause.

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Charmaine Atkenson wrote:
I was a wife to my college sweetheart, mom to two beautiful daughters and an adorable Yorkshire Terrier, and president of the PTO when I was diagnosed with stage iv lung cancer in 2006. I had never smoked, never lived with a smoker, never worked in a smoke filled environment, nor was I exposed to radon. Though I have survived almost three years, my chances of being alive in another two years is only 1/2 of 1%.
When someone learns of my diagnosis they assume that I was a former smoker or that my parents or husband smoked. When they learn that smoking had nothing to do with my developing lung cancer, they want to know what else could have "caused" it.
To me, and the thousands like me, determining the cause of our cancer is immaterial. The important issue to address is the political and social reality of inequitable funding for lung cancer research and compassion for lung cancer patients. Nearly 1/3 of all cancer deaths are attributable to lung cancer yet it is the least funded. If we ever hope to win the war on cancer we need to stop assessing blame and begin to adequately fund research for the biggest cancer killer of them all. True charity and true concern looks at the need, not at the cause.
Only a nickle of every dollar goes to research. That was 3 years ago.
Cancer is the number one money maker for doctors, hospitals and the drug companies. In fact our government wants to reduce the population. Do not look for a cure soon.

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Jul 1, 2009
 
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In fact our government wants to reduce the population. Do not look for a cure soon.
Wonder why President Obama stop the government from subsidizing tobacco farmers?

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Wonder why President Obama stop the government from subsidizing tobacco farmers?
You will soon see all farming and food controlled. Small farms will soon cease to exist. No more organic food will be grown. That is but a little of what is in a bill in congress right now.
http://www.infowars.com/hr-2749-totalitarian-... look up the bill.

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You will soon see all farming and food controlled. Small farms will soon cease to exist. No more organic food will be grown. That is but a little of what is in a bill in congress right now.
http://www.infowars.com/hr-2749-totalitarian-... look up the bill.
Conspiracy theories and an inforwars link, why don't you entertain us with tales of FEMA coffins or how jet fuel doesn't burn hot enough to melt steel?

BTW how is July in Canada?

Since: Aug 08

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Conspiracy theories and an inforwars link, why don't you entertain us with tales of FEMA coffins or how jet fuel doesn't burn hot enough to melt steel?
BTW how is July in Canada?
Told you to look up the bill and read it for your self or is that to much trouble. Why they are getting by with passing all this garbage.
as far as 911 it has been proven all three building came down with explosives. Building Number 3 had no plane hit it and was reported by the UK down 22 minutes before it came down. 911 gave you the patriot act which takes away all your rights and freedoms. Look at the history of Hitler. He started with smoking bans and had his 911 to save the people from right into slavery.
Enjoy the cap and trade bill, it will kill this country.
Enjoy national health care that will add at least 10% tax to any thing you spend money on. Last year 50% of your income went to some form of tax, this year and next 70% 80%?

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as far as 911 it has been proven all three building came down with explosives.
If that weren't so offensive it would be laughable. Bizarro world doesn't count and the failures of all three buildings have been proven at length by people with no vested interest other than the truth (the actual truth, as opposed to your so-called "truth")
Building Number 3 had no plane hit it
Yes it only had millions of tons of WTC tower debris fall on it which scooped out huge sections of it's exterior and structural skeleton while a fire weakened the remaining structure.
and was reported by the UK down 22 minutes before it came down.
So the BBC is in on this conspiracy but there still hasn't been one person come forward to admit their role in it, not even a deathbed confession?
911 gave you the patriot act which takes away all your rights and freedoms.
And assholes like you (I don't think you are an idiot because I don't think you believe the lies you spout) make it easy for the government to discredit anyone who asks legitimate questions about the gross intelligence failures leading up to the attack or the immediate response to it or the aftermath. Anyone who asks such questions is immediately lumped in with the "crazies" and effectively loses all credibility.
Look at the history of Hitler.
Goodwins Law

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Look at the history of Hitler. He started with smoking bans
I watch the Military Channel & the History Channel all the time - and I somehow missed this!

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I watch the Military Channel & the History Channel all the time - and I somehow missed this!
Your first mistake is depending on the Tv foe any thing. They only tell you what they want you to know. You miss half the news by depending on the mainstream media. The they only tell part of the story. Search Hitler and smoking. Many sites will tell about that part of his life. Read Hitlers book he wrote. Rome also fell just the way our country is going. Learn your history and you will see where we are headed, nothing new, been repeated many times in history.It seems no one ever learns.

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Search Hitler and smoking. Rome also fell just the way our country is going.
So Hitler's opposition to smoking led to Germany's loss in WWII?

Interesting correlation.

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So Hitler's opposition to smoking led to Germany's loss in WWII?
Interesting correlation.
Where did you come with that.
Hitler started with smoking bans, helped him become a dictator. Here is one of many articles.
http://constitutionalistnc.tripod.com/hitler-...

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/april200...
Jeneice Aid

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Jul 2, 2009
 
I hear you 100%! I was diagnosed with LC in 1997 at the young age of 45 and was successfully treated even though I was almost Stage 4. The first thing out of everyone's mouth is "Did you smoke?" Treatment was torture; in fact, I nearly died a couple of times. I help by volunteering through ALCASE. LC desparately needs more research/funding. Even though smokers choose to smoke doesn't mean they deserve to get cancer and die. Please everyone, contribute to LC research!

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