Lung cancer on rise in women, question on incidence and numbers

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October 9, 2012 at 6:40 am  #1248839    


Please can someone help. I am a former nurse now retired on medical grounds as I have stage 4 NSCLC. I was 49 when diagnosed (now 18 months ago) and have been campaigning endlessly here in the UK for lung cancer awareness since my diagnosis. I have finally got one of the National newspapers (The Daily Mail) interested in running a story. The reporter wants to go with the angle on how it is increasing in younger non smoking women, I can’t find any actual ‘evidence/figures’ although it is always mentioned on study days etc. Here is what she has asked me to find out:

Figures showing the rate of lung cancer diagnosis of never smoked – as a percentage of overall diagnosis . Also if poss the amount of people this represents and – if possible – broken down into to make and female and age related (to help us put together the woman angle.
Also figures comapring rate of diagnosis and amongst this group to say breast cancer.

Also find an expert to talk about the lack of support from charities and government all of whom see lung cancer as ‘preventable’ or somehow ‘self inflicted.’ Perhaps a spokesperson from Roy Castle may fulfil that role? Again should be a medic.

Can any one help with the answers or point me in the right direction

Many thanks


October 9, 2012 at 8:13 am  #1248843    
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I think it would be most helpful to seek this kind of info from a nonprofit organization focused on advocacy and research. Roy Castle in the UK is one, and some of the leading ones in the US would be LUNGevity Foundation, the Lung Cancer Alliance, and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Each may have the kind of information you’d be seeking. Good luck.

-Dr. West

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