In the News, Every Breath, Don’t Be Fooled, and In the Air

In the News, Every Breath, Don’t Be Fooled, and In the Air

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Throughout history, people have justifiably feared diseases that could not be prevented or effectively treated. In the early 20th century, around 675,000 people in the U.S. died from the Spanish flu because there were no vaccines or antibiotics. Polio outbreaks in the late 1940s and early 1950s, caused permanent paralysis in about 15,000 people each year. As vaccines and medical treatments for infectious diseases advanced, other medical conditions earned the designations of “most feared”.

One of the most feared diseases of the 20th century continues even today as one of peoples’ most dreaded diagnosis – cancer. The doctor’s words, “you have cancer” are simply terrifying. The diagnosis seems like a death sentence regardless of the type of cancer. Patients want to know the impossible – how long I have to live?

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, making up almost 25% of all cancer deaths – more deaths than colon, breast, and prostate cancer deaths combined. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer five-year survival rate (18.6 percent) is lower than many other leading cancers, such as colorectal (64.5 percent), breast (89.6 percent) and prostate (98.2 percent) and over 50% of people with lung cancer die within 1 year of being diagnosed. Approximately 85% of all lung cancer diagnoses are caused by smoking. Causes of lung cancer unrelated to smoking include exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke, radon, asbestos, and other inhaled toxins.

But there is good news! The number of the number of new lung cancer cases in the U. S continues to decrease each year as people quit smoking and others never start. The reduction in smoking is a testament to the successful public health work by federal, state, and other organizations. The public health work started in the 1950s with the growing body of research linking cigarette smoking and lung cancer Check out these early TV public service announcements!

This Weekend Reading Series begins with In the News, with some of the latest on healthcare costs, disparities, and other topics. Next, check out Every Breath exploring lung cancer identification, treatment, and smoking trends. In Don’t Be Fooled, find the facts on current issues that were frequently mischaracterized in the media. Last, but not least, check out In the Air and my personal favorite about the white stallions’ airs above ground – The Lipizzaner: cultured, world-renowned and steeped in European history.

I hope you enjoy the following:

1. In the News

2. Every Breath

3. Don’t Be Fooled

4. In the Air

Enjoy your weekend!

Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 1416
Birmingham, MI 48012
Email: [email protected]

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