NPR’s Richard Harris did an excellent piece this week on the variety of ways that smoking exacts its toll on health and life expectancy. He discusses a study published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine that details the increased risk of death from ailments that aren’t always top of mind when considering the detrimental effects of smoking.
Finally – a study that supports what we always knew. Smoking causes a wide range of diseases. Throughout the years lung cancer has been unjustly singled out as the only smoking disease.
The “stigma” and blame associated with lung cancer prevents people from talking about the disease and even visiting their doctors for treatment. At the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, we work hard to correct misperceptions about lung cancer and highlight the disease for what it truly is – a complicated illness with many causes that can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or smoking history.
The dismal 17 percent survival rate for lung cancer is directly related to lack of funding. This study is a first step to finally end the injustice and help increase lung cancer research and save lives.