Lung cancer, which has been the top most reason for cancer deaths in women happens to non-smokers too. The researchers stated that the women in age 20-30 are being affected the most, and a huge percentage of them are non-smokers. The fact that the disease also happens to non-smokers is over-shadowed by the age old stigma that it can only and only happen to those who smoke heavily. For this very reason, it doesn’t receive as high amount of research funding as other cancer types do.
Lung cancer takes many more lives that breast or prostate or even colon cancers. It in fact takes more lives than all the cancers put together do. “One of the big problems is there is such a big association in the public’s mind between smoking and lung cancer,” said Dr. Lecia Sequist, a medical oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She also stated that, “No one deserves to get lung cancer. But we are seeing a lot of patients who never smoked or smoked years ago or only in small amounts. We just don’t know why.” American Cancer Society has stated that it has a new estimate of 108,000 lung cancer patients of women each year, 72,000 of which die as it has a survival rate of only 16 percent.
The disease is also common to those who have access to smoke from other smokers, also heredity and asbestos cause lung cancer in women. According to the Washington, D.C.-based Lung Cancer Alliance, for every person who dies of breast cancer, $26,000 is spent on research funds, yet less than $1,500 is allocated for those who die of lung cancer. Young women who have a cough history, despite being non-smokers are being made aware of the disease and told to have immediate check-ups and lung screenings.