This article I read yesterday surprised me:

Deadliest Cancer Getting Smaller Chunk of Research
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News)

Consider this:  Lung cancer is the most deadly form of cancer in the United States, killing about 157,300 people every year — more than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
It is also the nation’s second leading cause of death, second only to heart disease.
And yet lung cancer attracts fewer federal research dollars per death than the other leading forms of cancer demise. Doctors have yet to find a reliable method for screening for lung cancer. And new treatments for lung cancer roll out at a snail’s pace compared with therapies for other cancers.

So why does the top cancer killer attract so little attention?

Largely because people are perceived to have done this to themselves, garnering little public sympathy, said Kay Cofrancesco, director of advocacy relations for the Lung Cancer Alliance, a national nonprofit group dedicated to lung cancer support and advocacy…

Because smoking is so closely linked to lung cancer, most money aimed at prevention has gone into programs to promote smoking cessation, Cofrancesco said.

But according to this article we found on HealthDay News, advances are being made, despite the “blame game” and a woefully underfunded research effort:

But clearly more can be done, experts say. Survival rates for lung cancer are dismal compared with other cancers, largely because lung cancer is most often not detected until it has metastasized.

Several advances in lung cancer therapy made big news while I was covering the American Society of Clinical Oncology meetings in Chicago last June.  But these “advances” were measured in a very few short months of additional survival.

Learn more by going to:  HealthDay News on Cancer Compass – Deadliest Cancer Getting Smaller Chunk of Research Dollars.

My mother died of lung cancer at age 54–the same age I am now.  I miss her!  But if she had been diagnosed three years ago she would still most likely be dead.  That lack of treatment progress is unacceptable, don’t you think?

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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