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I found this on the ALCASE website - thought you all might find it interesting....

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 2, 2006

Contact: 202-225-3026

Gail Gitcho/Press Secretary

**MEDIA ADVISORY***

Shaw to Host Lung Cancer Media Roundtable

Washington, D.C. – Florida Congressman Clay Shaw (R-FL) invites health care

reporters to a media round table in his office on Tuesday, February 7 at

4:00pm to discuss the first National Report Card on Lung Cancer.

Congressman Shaw, a lung cancer survivor, will be joined by Laurie Fenton,

President of the Lung Cancer Alliance, the leading lung cancer advocacy

organization headquartered in Washington, DC.

"Lung cancer was the number one cancer killer when Congress passed the

National Cancer Act in 1971 and it still is. Lung cancer will kill three

times as many men this year as prostate cancer and nearly twice as many

women as breast cancer,” Shaw said.

"There has been a troubling increase in young women in their thirties and

forties who never smoked now being diagnosed and over hundred thousand

boomers will get lung cancer this year and that number will grown as the

boomers age,” Shaw said.

"Unfortunately the mindset of some in the public health community has been

that lung cancer is a "preventable" disease that warrants only tobacco

cessation funding. Obviously when over 60% of new lung cancer cases are

being diagnosed in men and women who never smoked or who quit smoking, many

of them decades ago, that approach alone is not working."

"We must address the entire disease as a public health priority and put much

more effort on earlier detection and better treatments," he said.

Details for the press event are as follows:

1236 Longworth House Office Building at

4:00pm

February 7, 2006.

For details or inquiries please contact Gail Gitcho at 202-225-3026.

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