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Lung Cancer Attention Lags

November 16, 2007

David Carbone, M.D., Ph.D.Today’s opinion section of The Tennessean is devoted to lung cancer.

  • Patients deserve public’s full support
    DAVID CARBONE, M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbit-Ingram Cance Center
    “When the National Cancer Institute released its annual report to the nation on cancer deaths, the headline was the drop in death rates…. But Tennessee didn’t fare well in that report. We rank fourth in the nation for the number of lung cancer deaths…. With lung cancer killing more Americans than any other cancer, it’s time to shine the spotlight on this deadliest of malignancies and rededicate ourselves to work together for a cure.” Click to continue….
  • It’s time to remove obstacles to potentially lifesaving steps
    “It has been 43 years since a U.S. surgeon general’s report identified a link between smoking and lung cancer. While that marked the beginning of a decline in smoking rates among Americans, it also ironically fed a stigma about lung cancer that still stands in the way of better treatment for the usually fatal disease.” Click to continue….
  • State must build on smoke-free law
    CHASTITY MITCHELL, Director for Campaign for a Healthy and Responsible Tennessee
    “This spring, the 105th General Assembly successfully did what many believed was unthinkable and passed a smoke-free workplace law. Votes cast in the legislative session saved lives and improved the health of many Tennesseans. For that, most in Tennessee are thankful, but that doesn’t mean we should be satisfied.” Click to continue….

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