Woman Fights Lung Cancer and Smoking Stigma That Surrounds It

Our Peggy Fox has the story of how the misconceptions about lung most cancers could also be hurting the struggle to treatment it.

Peggy Fox, WUSA
5:47 PM. EST February 10, 2018

MCLEAN, VA (WUSA9) – Lung most cancers kills extra folks than some other most cancers. However you don’t smoke. By no means have. So that you’re all good, proper?Properly, sorry to provide you another factor to fret about, however many lung most cancers victims by no means smoked a single cigarette. A McLean, Va. lady is combating that false impression about lung most cancers which can be hurting the struggle to treatment it.”I count myself very fortunate. I am healthy, except that I have stage four lung cancer,” mentioned Karen Loss, 58, who has been writing and running a blog about her battle with lung most cancers since she was identified 5 years in the past.   
“The number one question for me and for everyone with lung cancer is, do you smoke or did you smoke? Or, how much did you smoke?  Or why did you smoke? Anything about smoking. I never smoked. I am a life-long non-smoker,” mentioned Loss.  

She has no concept how she bought the illness. However she is likely one of the 30 % of girls identified with lung most cancers, who by no means smoked. One in all 16 Individuals will likely be identified with lung most cancers of their lifetime. 
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“If you don’t get a diagnosed of lung cancer yourself, you will know someone who does. If you have lungs, you’re at risk for lung cancer,” mentioned Loss. 
Lung most cancers is the primary most cancers killer. It kills extra folks than breast, colon and prostate most cancers mixed. 
However the stigma persists.   

“So many people, even to this day, think, you brought it on yourself. I don’t feel sorry for you, therefore, I’m a non-smoker, so I don’t have to worry about it. And, you smoked, so I don’t care,” mentioned Loss. 

That stigma have an effect on fundraising and fundraising impacts analysis per sufferers loss of life, that is how they measure it. 
For breast most cancers its $24, 000. Prostrate most cancers is  $14,000. Colon is $7,000. And lung most cancers, which strikes the most individuals and kills the most individuals, is a paltry $2,300. 
That disparity is greater than irritating to Karen Loss.
 “Doggone it. You know it’s about time the American public knows that lung cancer kills more than any other cancer out there. Four hundred and thirty-three people a day every day, die of  lung cancer. That’s like a jumbo jet crash every single day killing everyone aboard. Do you think that would get coverage? I do. Lung cancer. We hear crickets,” she mentioned. 
Loss plans to share that message when she speaks on the grassroots Life and Breath Rally for Lung Most cancers on the west entrance garden of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   
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