Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Think Lung Cancer Can’t Affect You? Think Again

The Liz Martocci Lung Cancer Foundation is dedicated to helping those affected and dealing with lung cancer.

Phoenix, AZ—If you are one of the millions of Americans that thinks Lung Cancer is a smokers disease, think again. 60% of new cases are diagnosed in former smokers and those who have NEVER touched a cigarette in their lives and this number is on the rise. Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. The age for lung cancer survivors is dropping. Take Haley Dyal for instance, a perfectly healthy 15 year old diagnosed with stage IV lung Cancer. Please visit her site and offer her support

Having had a disease that caused scarring in the lungs may be a risk factor for a type of lung cancer called adenocarcinoma of the lung. Tuberculosis (TB) can make scar tissue form in the lungs. A recent study in China showed that in people who have had tuberculosis the risk of lung cancer is increased.

“Lung cancer mainly occurs in older people. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are older than 65; fewer than 3% of all cases are found in people under the age of 45. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 71.” Says the American Cancer Society.

Roughly four out of five people diagnosed with stage four lung cancer die within five years. More than half die within a year of diagnosis, and 75 percent die within two years.
Lung cancer is the cancer that is still whispered in elevators or crowded rooms. It is the cancer that immediately elicits the question, "How long did you smoke?" “In the end, it doesn't really matter.” says Hart

Blame is a wasted effort, and we're all in this together, aren't we? As a society, we should be vigorously seeking all potential cures for all cancers.
The signs and symptoms of lung cancer may take years to appear and are often confused with symptoms of less serious conditions.

The Liz Martocci Lung Cancer Foundation began on July 9, 2008 with one purpose in mind to help those faced with this horrible disease, living without insurance, find and receive the medical treatment they so deserve. Often the middle class hard working are often the ones that can not get the help and support needed during such a tough time. The Liz Martocci Lung Cancer Foundation is here to help those faced with the challenges of the “system” while offering support, resources and compassion. For more information about the Liz Martocci Lung Cancer Foundation or to make a tax deductible donation please visit

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