mjb Posted October 10, 2004 Share Posted October 10, 2004 I spent the last 6 months coming on and looking at specific issues having to do with my husband's treatment & symptoms. This week I started looking for a support group and discovered what a neglected group we are! Did you know that Lung cancer kills more Americans each year than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined? Federal government spending on cancer research in 2003: Breast Cancer $13,649 per cancer death Prostate Cancer $10,560 per cancer death Colorectal Cancer $4,581 per cancer death Lung Cancer $1,740 per cancer death These statistics are via www.lungevity.org and they quote the National Cancer Institute and Couldn't find the statistics on HIV, though I'm sure they are out there but did read that government funding was 18.5 billion in 2003. I had a sister with breast cancer and I don't begrudge money spent on any of these because it may help with lung cancer. But. We need to advocate for our families and friends - no one deserves to go through this, smoker or not, and 50% or non smokers when diagnosed. There are two posts under LC Activism on our board. One says Let's Do It! and the other says Sign the Petition! They give websites where you can go right now and either send an email or write a letter to state and federal officials. I urge everyone to do that. When I saw all the support groups for other kinds of cancer and AIDS, it both saddened and angered me that there was so little out there for us. Make a difference. And tell others when you're talking to them on the boards. Thanks for reading my vent:) MJB Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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