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Lung Cancer – A Statewide and National Epidemic
From Beth Lunow
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

The barrage of media and advertising focusing on breast cancer has subsided and gone is the seemingly unending sea of pink products that were so clearly visible throughout October. While marketers, the media and the general public may feel they have done their duty helping to fight cancer for another year, our jobs as crusaders against cancer are not done. Now that November is here, we all have a responsibility to help make people aware of the deadliest form of the disease, lung cancer. As the main cause of cancer deaths and also the most preventable cancer, how can we afford not to talk about it and share the facts as readily as we do breast cancer facts?

Lung cancer may not capture that coveted group of product and media consumers known as “women 25 to 54” the way that breast cancer does, but it is killing more of these women than breast cancer. Since 1987, more women in the U.S. have died each year of lung cancer than breast cancer. The pink is gone but the fight against cancer must continue.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and in Wisconsin for both men and women.

Lung cancer accounts for nearly one third of all cancer deaths in the U.S. It kills more people than breast, colorectal and prostate cancer combined. This year in Wisconsin there will be more than 3,000 lung cancer diagnoses and 2,800 deaths. The 5-year survival rate for all stages of lung cancer combined is a bleak 15 percent. Nearly 60 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer die within one year of diagnosis and nearly 75 percent die within two years. Lung cancer often takes several years to develop and does not cause symptoms until the tumor becomes very large. It often spreads to other parts of the body before it is found.

Smoking is by far the leading risk factor for lung cancer.

Smoking accounts for 87 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S. Half of all Americans who continue to smoke will die from their cigarette addiction. Cigarettes kill more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide and illegal drugs combined. Almost 90 percent of adult smokers became addicted by or before age 18.

Other risk factors for lung cancer include secondhand smoke inhalation, occupational or environmental exposures to radon and asbestos, certain metals, organic chemicals and radiation, air pollution, tuberculosis, and genetics.

The American Cancer Society is committed to decreasing lung cancer incidence and mortality rates.

The American Cancer Society is helping to fight lung cancer by focusing on five major goals which are: preventing youth from starting to smoke, encouraging youth and adults to quit smoking, improving access to smoking cessation treatment services, eliminating non-smokers’ exposure to cigarette smoke, and eliminating disparities in tobacco use and its effects. Smokers can get help finding a Quitline phone counseling program in their area by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or by logging on to www.cancer.org.

As the facts clearly show, there is too big a price to pay if we ignore lung cancer. Please do your part in helping to fight this dreaded but completely preventable disease. Urge someone you know to stop smoking. If you are a smoker put out your last cigarette and start down the road to healthy lungs. Talk to your children about the dangers of smoking. It’s all of our responsibilities to continue to fight cancer in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.

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