Stigma Lingers For Deadliest Cancer

Lung cancer kills roughly twice as many women as breast cancer, and almost three times as many men as prostate cancer.

But for every woman who dies of lung cancer, just over 1,000 federal dollars are invested. The difference is staggering. November is national lung cancer awareness month. Scientists don’t have millions of dollars to spend on marketing to call attention to the need for research dollars. If they did, they would spend that money on research.
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Improvements in lung cancer detection may save lives

Most of the evidence in favor of screening comes from a single large study known as the National Lung Screening Trial. That study found a 20-percent lower risk of lung cancer death among more than 26,000 people screened with low-dose CT annually for three years, compared to those who were tested with so-called chest radiographs instead. But the combined prior research also suggested that in any round of CT screening, about one in five people will have positive results that require further testing, sometimes with invasive procedures — although only one percent will actually have lung cancer. “The trade-offs there are sizeable, even in the high-risk people,” said Dr. Peter Bach, the lead author of the new review paper from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. “As you go down the risk range — younger people, people who have smoked less — because their chance of ever developing lung cancer is lower, the chance that they will benefit is also lower, and in some cases substantially lower,” he told Reuters Health. According to the new recommendations from the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, annual screening should be offered to current and former smokers, age 55 to 74, who have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years.
Link – Lung cancer tests advised for some heavy smokers

Lung cancer tests advised for some heavy smokers

(WUSA9) — More people die from lung cancer each year than colon, prostate, ovarian, and breast cancers combined. Experts hope new technologies, earlier screening, and changes related to the ‘stigma’ of lung cancer can reverse that trend. Bootcamp style training and marathon running is part of Leanne Bowser’s healthy lifestyle. She never smoked in her life, and she eats well. So you can imagine her surprise after a visit to the ER. Bowser says, “In the middle of the night I started coughing blood and it was quite a bit so I knew something was not right. I went to the ER. It was there that I found out that I had lung cancer.” A tumor was revealed from a CT scan and the cancer was confirmed the next day. Leanne didn’t know it but her risk of lung cancer was high, due to family history. Dr. Sandeep Khandhar of Inova Fairfax Hospital says everyone with high risk should be screened. Dr. Khandhar says, “If you fall into the high-risk category, ages 55 to 74, big smoking history, family history of lung cancer, we know that at least in this group of patients, we have good solid evidence that tells us that CT scanning is of benefit.” If a tumor is detected and confirmed then it’s on to the next phase. Dr.

4 Deadly Types of Lung Disease Caused By Smoking

types of lung diseases

When a TB patient coughs into air, his/her cough droplets and bacteria in it are inhaled by others. This way TB is spread. Several studies have indicated that there is a strong association between tobacco smoking and TB. It is more common among smokers. Asthma Asthma affects airways and is the most common disease of childhood. When a person experiences an asthma attack, the walls of the airways tighten and narrow. The lining of the airways inflame and swell.
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