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Find way to spread cancer research funds around more equitably Kudos to Daniel Weaver on his excellent Oct. 14 op-ed column on cancer awareness [“Breast cancer awareness overshadows others that need cures”]. I found it to be both eye-opening and thought-provoking. With all the attention paid to breast cancer awareness and research, I never realized that this cancer was only the fifth-leading cause of death among cancer patients. I should have been more aware of ...

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October 24, 2012
6:59 a.m.

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John Angilletta

Lung cancer is the big killer yet it comes with a stigma because it is caused mostly by smoking. My wife died of lung cancer three weeks ago and snowgrinch said, shouldnt smoke.

My wife like millions of others have quit smoking years ago but still get this killer. I quit ten years ago but grew up in an era that smoking was acceptable. Anyone will tell you that it is very difficult to quit smoking, should we be denied a cure for this disease?

My wife was the nicest person you would ever meet, always a smile and always giving others the help and a hand up. She bought graduation dresses for middle and high school girls that could not afford them because she said they needed to look pretty for this day because of their accomplishment of graduating, that was my wife Sue. Should she have been denied a cure?

October 24, 2012
2:30 p.m.

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To: John Angilletta... I agree 100% with what you said! Although I didn't know breast cancer was the 5th leading cause of death, I did know it wasn't the top cause... and for that reason alone not all of the attention should be paid to breast cancer! I would not begrudge the advocates of breast cancer awareness to do what they do, but please don't put it down my throat!... I'm tired of picking up a can of green beans at the grocery store and seeing a pink ribbon staring at me! If I want to give to a worthy cause, I will do it on my own... not pink ribbon on a can of beans will make me want to do it any more... in fact, it will turn me off more than likely! Please stop this "pink" nonsense and recognize other forms of cancer that kill many more people!

October 24, 2012
4:31 p.m.

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Smoking causes most lung cancer. The cure... Don't smoke. If we want to 'cure' most lung cancer, then put the research dollars into eliminating smoking in America and you will 'cure' 87% to 90% of the disease.
My dad, a heavy smoker, also died from lung cancer after a four year battle with the disease. It was a very difficult and painful four years as the cancer spread through out his body.
Spending on prevention is almost 100% effective for the would be smoker and for his non smoking family. If one or both of your parents smoke... you have a 50% greater chance of getting lung cancer in your lifetime.
We can continue to tolerate an optional cancer in our midst, or we can eliminate almost all of the disease. The 'cure' doesn't take medical research... it takes political will to eliminate the cause.

October 24, 2012
7:52 p.m.

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SnowGrinch: I agree, Smoking causes most lung cancer. MOST lung cancer!

I've known people who NEVER smoked, and got it, as sell as people who smoked as if they were the QC monitors for Brown & Williamson. Will the many researches on various types of cancer, hopefully someone will come up with a way to prevent or successfully treat ALL forms of the dreadful disease. In the meantime, "don't smoke" is excellent advice, but by all means - not a sure cure.