New face of Lung cancer

St. Charles couple wants nation to see a new face of lung cancer

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I am not able to get the link Sterling.. I pressed on the title but brought me back here to the original page let me know.. hugs and love and always prayers Sabina
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Kathy Haake sat on a short brick wall in the Chesterfield Amphitheater and relaxed after her 5K walk. The 61-year-old retired teacher joined about 800 other volunteer walkers on a sun-splashed Saturday in mid-April to raise money for lung cancer research.

Her motivation can be found on the buttons on her bright orange shirt.

“My daughter is my hero,” reads one. “Forever 21,” reads another, this one with a smiling picture of Allison Haake before she died from lung cancer in January 2007.

When she was diagnosed just a couple of months earlier, the first question from the doctors was a predictable one:

“Do you smoke?”

Allison, who was in college in Chicago at the time after graduating from Pattonville High School in 2003, was not a smoker. She didn’t spend much time around second-hand smoke. Her cancer had nothing to do with tobacco.

But just like the version of lung cancer that hits smokers, hers was nasty and moved fast.

This is why the Haakes walk.

Kathy, and her husband Joe, also 61, first joined a walk for a cancer organization two years after their daughter died. But soon they found out that none of the money they raised that year went to lung cancer research.

Lung cancer is the biggest killer of all the cancers. It kills twice as many women as breast cancer does, for instance. And yet, compared to other cancers, it lags in research funding.

Here’s how a New York Times analysis in 2008 explained how national cancer research dollars are divvied up:

“The big loser in the cancer funding race is lung cancer. It is the biggest cancer killer in the country, yet on a per-death basis receives the least (National Cancer Institute) funding among major cancers. In 2006, the NCI spent $1,518 for each new case of lung cancer and $1,630 for each lung cancer death, according to data from the institute and the American Cancer Society.”

That’s not to say there isn’t a lot of money spent on lung cancer research — $285 million in 2013 by the National Cancer Institute — but that based on how many people have it, and how many people it kills, it fails in comparison to other cancers.

Part of that is that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Organizations fighting to cure breast cancer, for instance, have developed tremendous national followings and that helps encourage more research funding.

That’s why the Lung Cancer Connection formed in St. Louis in 2009.

The Haakes, who live in St. Charles, have participated in every one of the organization’s fundraising walks, starting at Creve Coeur Lake and following it as it grew to Chesterfield. This year, “Team Allison” had about 56 members hoping to raise about $4,000. The walk itself had a goal of $80,000.

When Allison died, Joe, who is an environmental scientist at Boeing, was haunted by a simple question.

“Why did she get lung cancer?”

He started researching everything he could and found that the answers continue to elude scientists. Certain forms of lung cancer can hit young, healthy people who don’t smoke, and nobody particularly knows why.

This is the reality of many cancers. Some have clearly identifiable causes – smoking, drinking, the human pappillomavirus, environmental causes such as asbestos or coal dust. Others appear out of nowhere, with no explanation, and add nagging questions to the anxiety and fear that comes with any cancer diagnosis.

The Haakes and their fellow walkers hope that in doing their part to bring attention to lung cancer, they can get some donors to see beyond smoking and see the smiling face of a college student who wanted to be a teacher like her mom.

“The first question when you hear that somebody has lung cancer should not be ‘did you smoke’?” Kathy says. She points to the button with the picture of her daughter’s blonde-streaked hair and radiant smile. “This is the face of lung cancer.”
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Hi Sterling. My here's a lot of radon around NE Pa because of all the coal mines. They mined here from 1800's until 1959, when they accidentally flooded. Radon supposedly is one of the major causes. We tested regularly at our former house. Thanks for this article. It's so true!
Thank you for this, Sterling. There is a moral component to disease in the U.S. Any diagnosis with known risk factors gets judged as one's own "fault" -- obesity, addiction (including smoking), STDs, some heart disease, some cancers. The implication is that maybe these people shouldn't get quite the same resources as others. Nonsmokers with lung cancer always have to include their disclaimer. Maybe someday we can have a cleaner environment and better prevention. Sorry about the soap box.
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We all do it...even to ourselves! Part of why I posted this is because as much as doctors and scientists know, there is much more to know. Cancer is many times just a disease of opportunity which has no obvious cause. Faulty replication, etc. All we can do is be there for those who are fighting the battle.
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I was doing it wrong Sterling, I got it now. Thankyou. Yes faulty replication.. Oh God I wish there would be a cure so bad. I really think people have no idea how wrong it is to say anything to a person that blames them for having cancer. I really find that so ignorant. I think we should have ads out for people that have the disease of all mouth and no heart. I believe stress is the biggest contributors to getting cancer. I know these other things play a role but I think the tables turn because of stress.. Thankyou for sharing this.. God bless everybody.. and especially you my friend .. hugs and love and always prayers Sabina
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