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[/b]Women's Lung Cancer An Epidemic, Study Says

An epidemic of lung cancer among American women has been quietly growing for decades, an an end to the upsurge appears nowhere in sight, doctors reported last week.

For women, deaths due to lung cancer now outstrip those caused by breast cancer and all gynecologic cancers combined, the researchers reported. The team of medical scientists who assessed the scope of lung cancer in women say mortality has continued to climb in women, even as smoking and deaths from the disease have declined in men.

Deaths caused by smoking rose 600 percent in US women between 1930 to 1997, and continued to rise, the team of scientists said.

"This is a true epidemic," said Dr. Jyoti Patel, an instructor in hematology and oncology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "The numbers are far beyond what we would have imagined 30 years ago."

The American Cancer Society estimates 68,510 women will die of lung cancer this year, compared with 40,110 who will die of breast cancer.

"People need to realize that lung cancer is a women's disease," added Patel, lead author of the study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"When you talk to most women, they don't seem to realize that they have a real susceptibility to lung cancer."

Dr. Mark Kris, chief of thoracic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, said not only have smoking-incidence and lung cancer deaths risen in women for seven decades, they have continued to do so because the social pressures that drive smoking have not changed."

"The face of lung cancer has changed," Kris added. "It used to occur mostly among people who were current smokers. The average person now getting cancer stopped smoking decades ago."

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My antibiotics must be kicking in (or affecting my judegment, for the worse--one or the other. Geoff isn't here to tell me).

With the recent smattering of LC affecting women's health in the news--I began wondering who are all the corporate donors supporting BREAST cancer research. So I did a quick Google to find the extremely influential Susan G. Komen Foundation site to see who their top donors are.

Below is a clip from their web site:

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is dedicated to setting new standards for creative collaboration in the fight against breast cancer. The Foundation develops outreach, awareness and fundraising initiatives with the dedication, commitment and support of blue-chip corporate partners. The partnerships with these companies provide an opportunity for individuals to join in the fight against breast cancer and help spread the life-saving message of early detection to millions of women and men around the world -- in a way that is meaningful to them. To learn more about the innovative programs, promotions and initiatives created with our corporate partners, please click on a name listed below.

Komen Million Dollar Council

American Airlines

BMW of North America, Inc.

The Carlisle Collection, Ltd.

Ford Credit

Ford Division

Hallmark Gold Crown® Stores

Johnson & Johnson

Kellogg Company


Lee Jeans

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.

Occidental Chemical Corporation

Pier 1 Imports

Rally for a Cure®


Titleist, Cobra & FootJoy Worldwide

Women’s International Bowling Congress

Women's Motorcyclist Foundation Pony Express Tour 2003

Yoplait USA

Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity

Corporate Partners

Breeder’s Choice

Brinker International, Inc.

ConAgra Foods


Deluxe Corporation

DSW Shoe Warehouse

Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc.

Interiors by Decorating Den


Lean Cuisine

The LIFE Event – The Val Skinner Foundation

Loews Cineplex Entertainment


Master Foods

Mohawk Industries, Inc. - Specify for a Cure®

Mohawk Residential Flooring – Decorate for the Cure™

Napa Valley Trading Company

Parade Shoe Stores


Quilted Northern Ultra®

Republic of Tea

Silk Soymilk by White Wave, Inc.

Ty - Cure™ Beanie Babies

Wacoal America


Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Is there an influential LUNG CANCER foundation? As you all know, I'm relatively new to this--so I'm just trying to see how we can help to raise more money for awareness and research. I don't want this recent rash of media publicity to remain just that. I want it to be the snowball that starts an avalanche.

Maybe my temperature has gone back up and I need to return to bed...


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