No more excuses. No more lung cancer

September 29, 2008 by  
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These are the the promises of the Lung Cancer Alliance, the only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to patient support and advocacy for people living with lung cancer and people at risk for the disease.

Hall of Fame Orioles’ Shortstop, Cal Ripken, Jr. is the honorary spokesperson for the Lung Cancer Alliance, joining forces with the organization in the Face in the Fight campaign. Ripkin is working with the Alliance to help reverse the stigma surrounding the disease. It isn’t about blame but about support and compassion.

Lung cancer facts and figures from the Alliance:

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the
    United States.
  • Lung cancer causes 30% of all cancer deaths.
  • Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer among Caucasians,
    African-Americans, Asians and Hispanic males.
    Lung cancer will kill more people this year than:
    • breast cancer
    • prostate cancer
    • colon cancer
    • liver cancer
    • kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer will kill 3 times as many men as prostate
    cancer this year.
  • Lung cancer will kill nearly twice as many women as breast
    cancer this year.
  • Over 50% of new lung cancer cases will be diagnosed at a
  • very late stage—Stage IIIb or IV—and only 5% of them will
  • live for 5 years.

After you stop smoking, your lungs go back to normal in
10 years.

The lungs never go back to normal. Most former smokers remain
at elevated risk.

Current smokers: 35-40% of new lung cancer cases
Former smokers: 50% of new lung cancer cases
Never smoked: 10-15% of new lung cancer cases

Statement from Lung Cancer Alliance on the Death of Paul Newman

All of us at Lung Cancer Alliance, our Board, our advocates and the patients, families and caregivers we represent, extend our deepest sympathy to the wife and family of Paul Newman.

Mr. Newman was an icon of the American stage and film, loved by audiences around the world. He and his devoted and equally talented wife, Joanne Woodward, changed the lives of people in the United States and around the world through their many philanthropic projects.

Two months ago reports began to appear in the press that Mr. Newman was undergoing treatment for lung cancer. Those reports were unconfirmed and respecting the family’s privacy we made no public comment at that time, even though we were dismayed at how callously Mr. Newman was being described as a “former chain smoker” with all the insinuations about lung cancer inherent in that label.

Mr. Newman was first and foremost a great man and that is how he should be remembered. We do not know what cancer took his life. We do know that a wonderful man is gone and we mourn his passing.

The stigma and blame associated with lung cancer has added to the burden that all lung cancer patients, and their families, must bear whether they smoked or not.

Over 215,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year, and the majority will die within 12 months. More people die from lung cancer than breast, prostate, colon, kidney, melanoma and liver cancers combined. Over half of them are former smokers many of whom quit decades ago and do not even realize that they will always be at higher risk. Another 15% have never smoked at all.

Our commitment to all who have died and to all those families that have been hurt by this deadly disease is: We will change this.

Lung Cancer Alliance ( is the only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to patient support and advocacy for those living with or at risk for lung cancer. Lung Cancer Alliance is committed to leading the movement to reverse decades of stigma and neglect by empowering those with or at risk for the disease, elevating awareness and changing health policy.

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One Response to “No more excuses. No more lung cancer”
  1. About 3,000 new cancer cases are reported every year in Malaysia , making the No. 2 killer either road accidents. The leading cause of death by cancer is lung cancer for men and breast cancer for women.

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