November 20, 2012

Lung Cancer Awareness observed this month

Letter to the Editor

Having recently moved to Columbia, S.C., I received my yearly mammogram at the beautiful and comforting Palmetto Breast Center.

October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it was hard not to be aware. Pink was everywhere and on everyone from football players in the NFL to our friends and neighbors.

Many are not aware that November is Lung Cancer Awareness month, and that lung cancer kills more women than any other cancer -- nearly 200 women each day. Most die within a year of diagnosis.

Lung cancer kills more women each year than breast, ovarian and cervical cancer combined. It is the least-funded cancer in terms of research dollars per death of all the major cancers, and one of the only cancers where patients often are blamed for their condition.

These facts are directly from the Lung Cancer Alliance website, a great source for information, donations and support.

We probably will not see an abundance of gray reminders this month for a cancer that that remains hidden and rarely discussed. Even so, we should all pay attention to its dangers.

Bonnie Stronach

Columbia, S.C.

Formerly of Oakland

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