Pamela Posted September 7, 2005 Share Posted September 7, 2005 I've been thinking a lot lately about lung cancer research funding. I would like to ask a few questions, and I hope someone can help me understand. I'll admit to ignorance about this subject, and I honestly would like to know. Why isn't lung cancer research funded as well as other diseases (i.e., breast cancer, for one)? How do other diseases receive research funding? Is the majority from private, corporate or government sources? I've read postings from some of you that blame the smoking stigma. Is that an assumption or is that what you've learned when you've tried to get funding for lung cancer? I guess I'm surprised that smoking -- which is a very common habit -- would carry a stigma with regard to lung cancer research, especially when you consider the amount of funds devoted to AIDS research. In our society, the behaviors associated with the transmission of AIDS would appear to be just as preventable as smoking, but that doesn't appear to affect the funding. Unhealthy (and preventable) behaviors also account for a lot of heart disease, but there doesn't appear to be a stigma associated with that. What makes one disease more popular for research funding than another, and what needs to happen to get more attention and $$$ for lung cancer research? I would appreciate your thoughts on this. I'd like to see a cure for lung cancer -- or at least a lower morbidity rate -- in my lifetime, but I don't know how to participate in making that happen. Pam Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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