Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Lung Cancer - the Leading Cause of Death of All Major Cancers Combined

My mother passed away from lung cancer, the leading cause of all cancer deaths, yet this form of cancer receives the only a small fraction of the research funding. 60% of all newly diagnosed lung cancer cases are non-smokers. Only 15% of people diagnosed will survive past 5 years. 3x as many men will die from lung cancer compared to prostate cancer, and 2x as many women than from breast cancer. Death rates from lung cancer in women between 1930 and 1997 skyrocketed 600%. In fact, lung cancer kills more women than breast, ovarian and uterine cancers combined! 1 in 5 women with lung cancer NEVER smoked!

I'm here to ask you to sign two petitions and, if you're able, to donate to ALCASE, the Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education. ALCASE was so helpful during the horrible time that began with mom's diagnosis until her death only 8 months later. They provided a lot of essential information about lung cancer itself, as well as available clinical trials. They also provided a live contact person with whom I could speak to ask questions about what my mom was going through. I can't say enough great words to tell you how amazingly wonderful these people were during this time. If you have any ability and willingness to donate to ALCASE, I would greatly appreciate your assistance.

On their website, there are two petitions you can sign for free. The first petition asks President Bush and Congress to make lung cancer a national health priority. The second petition requests that your Senators sponsor Senate Bill 3187 -The Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act. The website is http://www.alcase.org/

Please go to their website and sign the two petitions in honor of my Mom! Thanks so much!!!

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