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Lung Cancer Kills Nearly 3000 Wisconsinites Every Year

November 7, 2011

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - Lung cancer is responsible for nearly 30 percent of all cancer deaths in America, and November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The death toll is staggering. Each year, 4000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in Wisconsin, and over 2800 Wisconsinites will die from the disease this year.

Dr. Elizabeth Gore, a radiation oncologist at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, says lung cancer is particularly deadly.

"More women die from lung cancer each year than die from breast cancer and other women-related malignancies combined. And there are more men that die from lung cancer than prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and other types of cancers combined."

Lung cancer is responsible for nearly 30 percent of all cancer deaths in America. Dr. Gore says the best thing you can do to avoid it is quit smoking, if you do, or don't start smoking if you haven't.

"Immediately when you quit smoking you're going to have health benefits, including decreased risk of heart attack, decreased risk of stroke; about ten years after quitting smoking you're going to have a dramatic decrease in the risk of lung cancer relative to people who have continued to smoke. Unfortunately, the risk never goes down to a never-smoker's risk."

Dr. Gore says there are both immediate and long-term benefits from Wisconsin's indoor smoking ban, which went into effect a year ago in July.

"There's a lag time between the time of starting smoking and actually developing cancer, so hopefully in 15 years or so from now if we have a decrease in the use of cigarette smoke because of the smoking ban, we're going to see a decreased incidence of lung cancer."

The causes of lung cancer include cigarette smoke, radon exposure, workplace exposure to hazardous materials such as asbestos and arsenic. Even some genetic factors pose a lung cancer risk.

The American Lung Association has many programs to help smokers quit for good at their website, lungusa.org, and you can get one-on-one support from the Lung Helpline by calling 1-800-548-8252.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI