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House Calls, 03-12-06


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Sanjay Gupta (CNN, House Calls) had a good show on this morning. The fact that lung cancer research funding is woefully low as compared to breast, colon, etc., was mentioned; $14,000 in research dollars for each death to breast cancer as compared to $1,700 for each lung cancer :evil:

The subject of the stigma of the disease was discussed and either Sanjay said or the MD Anderson Doctor said (can't remember which) that, "public perception (it's a smoker's disease) drives public funding." Hardly news but nice to hear it admitted in the media. It was also touched on that such a high profile, non smoking related death such as Dana Reeve's could prove to move research forward and especially if other non smoker related lung cancers were brought to light.

A comment was made by the MD Anderson Doctor that there were not enough advocates' for lung cancer because, he said, "they die so quickly they never have a chance to hone their advocacy skills." :cry:


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