Lung cancer in non-smokers is common -- the 6th leading kind of cancer -- yet many people think of lung cancer as a "smoker's disease" alone. What has been your experience as a non-smoker with lung cancer? Have you found that there is a lung cancer stigma
in which people with lung cancer are viewed as having caused their disease? Do you feel like you have gotten the support that people with other forms of cancer receive? Share Your Feelings
Prevention besides stopping smoking
- I had a web conversation on another cancer info website with a Dr. complaining about the lack of any prevention tests or early detection regimes for lung cancer. He simply said - stop smoking! I never did smoke. I told him that and he said tests to catch lung cancer earlier were a waste of money because they can't cure it. hats off to the breast cancer organization in making their patients seem worth saving! Editor's note: Thank you for speaking up. I don't understand why we are still focused on quitting smoking as the cure-all for lung cancer. 20% of women who get lung cancer have never smoked, and another 60% quit smoking in the distant past. To focus on smoking we would miss 80% of women! We need early detection, and early detection has been shown to save lives. We need to speak up and let the public know that the lives of lung cancer patients are every bit as important as the lives of breast cancer patients. That's why as a breast cancer survivor I'm raising my voice for people with lung cancer!
- —Guest C_Harvey1
Too many ignorant people
- My husband has never smoked and when he was diagnosed with lung cancer, the idiot I work for insisted to me that he must smoke. But then I've always known how stupid this man is. But why be so insensitive?
- —Guest Popsy