• Why does lung Cancer get the less attention or Help for the suffering?

    Asked by Glenda on Friday, November 18, 2011

    Why does lung Cancer get the less attention or Help for the suffering?

    Do you think it is because everyone blames cigarettes? No one knew when he started smoking in the late 50s that they were bad for you and his parents smoked all his life until they turned 70

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    • Elizabeth's Avatar

      Just because your husband smokes and got cancer doesn't mean that people have the right to ignore him and other Lung Cancer patients. Almost anything that we do these days could lead to cancer or other diseases that we may or may not know about. It pretty much changes daily. He did not cause this, no body chooses to have Cancer. He should get as much Help as possible and should not be ignored. Best of Luck!

      almost 6 years ago
    • RebeccaLynn25's Avatar

      I think it's the same as all the other cancers that don't get the attention that Breast cancer does. It's because no one's pushed to draw attention to it. We're just not educated on cancer. We don't know how we got and no one's telling us what to do to prevent it. Unless we're directly affected by it, not very many people are aware of all the different types of cancers, and what they entail. It's making people aware! When I was diagnosed I just kept feeling like I had to do something. I couldn't get cancer and not make an impact on other people. I don't necessarily care if they recognize my cancer, which is lymphoma, I would just love to be able to educate people on what they need to do in order to prevent cancer in general. If you want people to recognize your cancer, make a foundation and put it out there. It only takes one person.

      almost 6 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      no matter what cancer you get people will blame you for it XXX even with b/c it was my fault. ignorance is part of blame and tv doctors. non smokers get lung just as fast as smokers do we live in a toxic world......
      Breast cancer is highly exploited and we have koman to thanks for it. we uses b/c to scare people I HATE october I hate seeing pink exploited. But breast cancer and the exploiting of breast in this country come one save the ta ta i find it offensive save your life is better.
      We need to edguacate people about cancer we need to stop buying pink products cancer sucks cancer kills people need to know that one cancer is not better then another cancer. so open your mouth start a blog and start talking about lung cancer get the conversation started...

      almost 6 years ago
    • lorihope's Avatar

      Hi, Glenda. I'm sorry you've had to learn the hardest way about the stigma of lung cancer. (I was dx the first time in 2002, then again last year.) The shame is partly due to the demonization of the tobacco industry, which almost all of us support. Along the way we have demonized smokers as well,and it's convenient to "blame the victim," particularly if we didn't smoke. That makes us feel safe.

      BUt think about heart disease and diabetes, two common diseases that are caused by lifestyle choices (in most cases). We do not stigmatize those who are overweight in the same way; even if they are secretly judged, no one would dream of withholding funds for research and development into better treatments.

      You probably know that 15-20% of people with lung cancer never smoked, and more than 60% are never-smokers or quit, sometimes decades ago. It makes some of us feel more empowered to (when we are well enough) go out and advocate for more awareness about lung cancer. Several outstanding orgs exist - lungcanceralliance.org, lungcancerfoundation.org, nationallungcancerpartnership.org - and I encourage you, if you have the time and strength, to learn more.

      Thanks for posting this question, and I hope the treatment is doing its work!

      over 5 years ago
    • Powrcessation's Avatar

      Hi Lori,

      You make some excellent points. The fact that more people are aware that smoking related diseases and death are 100 percent preventable likely adds to the stigma associated with lung cancer (as a result of smoking).

      The CDC and state cessation programs have been more aggressive in the last decade to educate the public on the negative health effects of tobacco (you've probably seen the CDC's graphic TV campaign- "tips from former smokers"?). Even with the heavy handed ads, we are still seeing an incline in smoking among women and children, specifically within certain demographics.

      But regardless of the ads, doctors and nurses have the most impact on getting patients to quit. Doctors need to be more proactive (including getting the proper training) to tackle patient tobacco cessation). Quality care should not start after the diagnosis.

      The organizations you mention are truly outstanding- they provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based information. I would also recommend state quitlines-- they offer call or click, free counseling services, to help people who are thinking about quitting, or attempting to quit. The American Lung Association also has grant funded programs, like us- POW'R Tobacco Cessation Center (we work with physicians in the Hudson Valley region, http://www.powrcessationcenter.org )

      It is unfortunate that lung cancer patients are not shown the same level of support as other patients. Lung cancer survivors are the best advocates- thank you kindly for sharing your experiences, they truly help inform the efforts of organizations like POW'R.

      over 5 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      Hi Glenda. I definitely understand your feelings. I have been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and I feel that not enough attention is paid to this form of cancer either. Breast Cancer has such a strong following because people stood up and drew attention to it and made the fight against breast cancer a powerful force in research and treatment. I hope that one day all forms of cancer get the attention and backing as breast cancer. Maybe everyone who helped make the Susan B. Komen foundation work for breast cancer survivors will help those of us with other cancers bring attention to our fight. I wish you well.

      over 5 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      Sorry I hit the wrong key I meant Susan G. Komen.

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I think that if you are looking for information or publicity type things on your particular type of cancer, it may seem like you don't see much compared to the other types of cancer. I know I found that. But some are just more prevalent than others. I don't know if lung cancer is getting "shunned" or not, lot's of information available on it, but I do know your feelings about it. Lost both parents to it.

      over 5 years ago

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