Shame Shame Shame! My wife is a never smoker Asian female born and raised in California that currently has inoperable incurable stage IV lung cancer with mets to the bones, liver, lymphs, brain and liver, at age 56. Everyone asks did you smoke? The stigma is real, and the low research funding per LC death reflects that STIGMA. 60% of East Asian women who get lung cancer get it because of an EGFR mutation, not because of smoking or second hand smoke or radon. To blame these people for the disease is inexcusable for your magazine that is supposed to offer hope. According to one study, 20-60% of the lung cancer patients globally are EGFR mutants. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4633915/. 1.8 million globally get lung cancer and more than 1/2 don't make it to one year, and while smoking may be one of the causes for many outside America, genetics is a significant factor as well. I hope you do better in the future when covering lung cancer and don't reinforce the stigma or the myths. LC is a women's disease and the #1 killer, more than breast cancer. Methinks you owe an apology or a follow on piece educating folks about precision medicine. A cover on immunotherapy instead of quitting smoking would have been a smarter choice View Original Post
Shame on you Cure for allowing this to be published. I am a stage 4 lung cancer survivor since 2009 and my girlfriend passed from lung cancer in 2014. Our lung cancer community has been battling the stigma attached to lung cancer. No one deserves lung cancer. If you have lungs you can get lung cancer.
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Do CURE magazine and author Jeannette Moninger (Healthful Stuff) publish cover stories about how women can quit birth control and conceive to cut their breast cancer risk? Wouldn't that be offensive? The cover story in your February 2017 "Lung Cancer Special Issue" on the topic of smoking cessation is just as offensive. Shame on you Cure!
Are you aware that about 80% of the #lungcancerpeople reading your magazine are non-smokers? Claiming ignorance isn't an excuse. A search for lung cancer stigma on your own publication website will present 45 links discussing it. (1) . Editorial board claiming ignorance of past articles? Just look at another article in this same issue "Lending a Hand: Lung Cancer Advocacy Groups Help Those in Need" where all three organizations profiled (LUNGevity Foundation, American Lung Association and Global Lung Cancer Coalition) discuss the very real struggle with stigma.(2)
I sincerely hope you will be offering complimentary editorial space in your 2017 publications to all the lung cancer organizations to aid them in disseminating their #nostigma message to your readers. I suggest you also publish an apology to the ~430,000 lung cancer patients alive today and the ~220,000 people who will hear their devastating diagnosis in 2017, and learn first hand about how lung cancer stigma robs them of a compassionate response from friends, family, and the medical community. You can start apologizing now on all your social media outlets. #LCSM (lung cancer social media) would appreciate it.
-Six year Lung Cancer Survivor
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