|Dr. Evil's Underground lair?|
Really what I thought about most on today's run was Lung Cancer. My mother is approaching her 5 year anniversary being diagnosed with Lung Cancer. A co-worker lost her father last week to Lung Cancer. Another co-worker lost a good friend last month to Lung Cancer. A good friend lost her mother to Lung Cancer in February.
Lung Cancer is the underdog Cancer. Since Nixon declared "war on cancer" in 1971, the 5 year survival rate of Lung Cancer has essentially not moved, it has gone from 13% to 15%. The survival rate for Breast Cancer has moved from 75% to nearly 90% in that same time period. The awareness and advocacy around Breast Cancer is tremendous. Frankly who doesn't like boobs? And Lungs, well we can't see them and oh yeah, didn't the smoker bring on their cancer? WOAH wait a minute. Did you know that 80% of all new diagnosis of Lung Cancer are in former and NEVER smokers? Did you know that the survival rate is so low because Lung Cancer is not diagnosed early enough AND it is the least funded for Cancer research by the NIH, DOD, and the CDC has $0 in funding for Lung Cancer research.
So yes, it is a lot of facts and figures. I pulled these from: Lung Cancer Alliance Lung Cancer Facts and Figures, check it out your self. Also take a cruise around the Lung Cancer Alliance website tons of helpful information to learn more about Lung Cancer, to find support groups for Lung Cancer Victims and their Families.
Do you know anyone with Lung Cancer? Or who passed from Lung Cancer? It is a tough disease. I know being the daughter of a Lung Cancer survivor, and the friend of someone who passed from Lung Cancer the first question is "did they smoke?" it is a tough question. Because you can visibly see someone shut down when the answer is yes. Think about this:
|Tobacco causes 14 types of Cancer|
What can you do? You can support me with a donation to the Lung Cancer Alliance!
I am running a Full Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon with Lung Cancer Alliance's Team Lung Love in Washington DC on October 28th. The funding goes for Education, Awareness, and Advocacy about Lung Cancer!
My personal page: http://tinyurl.com/7o9vq2r
And I leave you with this thought, DustyJoy.org says it best: