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John Wayne ? Stomach Cancer?

Donna G

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I was watching the Rose Bowl Parade today, they had a float from the John Wayne Cancer Institute. For the fun of it I guess and Google Searched the place thinking there was a possibility that they specialized in lung cancer. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT they said he died of stomach cancer! So I did a google search -John Wayne- Lung cancer and found many articles saying he had been diagnosed with lung cancer! Do you think I am nuts or do you think they did not want a "prestigess" cancer institute associated with lung cancer? Donna G PS Do any of you know of any info that I am way off?

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He died of Lung Cancer, brought about by inhalation of radioacitve dust from the Nuclear Testing done in the Nevada Desert while he was out there making a Western Movie...He wasn't the only one who developed lung cancer who was affiliated with that movie production...I just can't remember all the details right now... chemo brain.

Fay A.

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Some Information on the Duke. He was my favorite actor growing up.

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_016.html (Did John Wayne die of cancer caused by a radioactive movie set?)



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John Wayne was diagnosed with Lung cancer in 1963 or 1965, He subsequently had a lobectomy and was cured. In 1979 he developed Gastric cancer, had his stomach removed and died of a intestinal blockage from the progression of the Gastric cancer a few months later. I think the whole misconception got started here:



Courtesy of the Entertainment Industry Council's Tobacco in the Media Project and "Cigarette Hall of Fame," a report by the Roswell Park Memorial Institute.

The following is a list of prominent celebrities that were heavy smokers and have died from smoking related illnesses.

Celebrity Cause of Death

Nat "King" Cole Lung Cancer

Michael Landon Pancreatic Cancer (4 packs a day)

Betty Grable Lung Cancer

Humpherey Bogart Throat and Esophagus Cancer

Gary Cooper Lung Cancer

Sammey Davis, Jr Throat Cancer

Walt Disney Lung Cancer

Yul Brynner Lung Cancer

Ed Sullivan Lung Cancer

Desi Arnez Lung Cancer

Duke Ellington Lung Cancer

Lucille Ball Heart Disease (aortic aneurysm)

Betty Davis Stroke

John Wayne Lung Cancer, survived bypass surgery, died with gastric cancer

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The point of the article (which are not the original articles I read so many years ago) is that MANY others besides John Wayne died of lung cancer and various other cancers after the making of that film. Yes, the smoking probably contributed to his development of Lung Cancer. But I think the initial trigger was the nuclear fallout. Because there were others involved with that film that did not smoke who died of lung cancer later on.

You know, Japan (think Nagasakia and Hiroshima) has one of the highest incidence rates of Bronchioloalveolar Carcinoma of the Lungs (BAC) in the World...right now... And it's histology is closely associtated with radiation exposure. (One of the things our government now admits to.) I suspect our government has learned a lot from all that "nuclear testing in the desert"...and studying the drift lines of the fallout on unsuspecting towns and communities here in the USA. Another good example of radioactive drift is from Chernoble...do some reading on what happened to sheep farmers in England and Scotland after the "cloud' finally settled on those parts.

Don't discount everything you read...just make sure the science is there to back it up. That takes time and fully functional brain cells...which I admit mine are not working well so soon after chemo. But when I can retrieve the info I need to find those legitmate sources I will post them here. The articles I was referring to were not to be found in a Hollywood Magazine.

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I have re-posted the list of celebrities who died of lung cancer, in Rick's anouncement requesting this type of information. George Harrison and Carrie Hamilton are on the list.

Carol Burnett's contribution is working with the American Lung Association on smoking cessation programs. (let's keep the stigma alive, folks :cry: )

The information on John Wayne having lung cancer is correct. I knew that he had a lobectomy and went back to work.

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In a recent interview in our local paper with Carol Burnett she was asked something along the lines of if she had it to do over again what would she do differently? Her response was something like I wouldn't be so quick to save others. I think that the public makes the error of confusing her on stage persona with her real life personality.


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