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Fighting the stigma of lung cancer

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

Thank you to Mark Roth for his recent articles on lung cancer ("Does Lung Cancer Get Short Shrift?" June 21; "Lung Cancer Patient Takes Aggressive Tack," June 22). So few people even know that lung cancer is the nation's top cancer killer that stories such as this do a great service to the women and men affected by the disease. Thank you also for discussing the stigma surrounding the disease; this stigma can keep patients from getting the treatment they deserve and the emotional support they need.

That is why we developed the Free to Breathe 5K race series for lung cancer, with it's inaugural event in Philadelphia. Last year, 1,300 people attended the Philadelphia event to publicly declare their care and compassion for lung cancer patients, survivors and the families of those lost to the disease. With the money that was raised, we were able to fund research that we hope will ultimately help patients live longer and better lives.

Due to the successes of that event, the Pennsylvania Lung Cancer Partnership, the second state chapter of the National Lung Cancer Partnership, was formed. If you want to fight the stigma of lung cancer, the Pennsylvania Lung Cancer Partnership is here for you.

REGINA VIDAVER
Executive Director
National Lung Cancer Partnership
Madison, Wis.

 

 

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