Lung Cancer Alliance Applauds New Report Bringing Lung Cancer In Women Out Of The Shadows
Report Shares What Women Need to Know and What Women Can Do
Washington, DC [April 26, 2010] —Lung Cancer
Alliance (LCA) hailed today’s release of “Out of the Shadows: Women and
Lung Cancer,” a groundbreaking report issued by the Mary Horrigan
Connors Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of
Harvard Medical School.
“This is the wake-up call for women,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose,
LCA President & CEO. She called the report the most current and
comprehensive ever done for the general public on lung cancer. Fenton
also congratulated Yolanda Colson, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of “Out of the Shadows” and her research team for their extraordinary efforts to produce the important and timely report.
Noting that lung cancer has been ignored as a women’s health issue,
Fenton Ambrose said: “Most women do not realize that lung cancer will
take more of their lives each year than breast, ovarian, cervical and
uterine cancers combined. Hopefully this report will galvanize women
to become advocates to end this cancer, along with all cancers that
impact women so profoundly.”
Now it has reached epidemic proportions, she said.
“As a doctor and as the sister of Dana Reeve, a woman who never
smoked and who died of lung cancer at age 44, I see lung cancer as the
biggest unmet women’s public health challenge we face today,” said
Deborah Morosini, MD, pathologist and LCA Board Member.
“Knowledge is power, and this report gives women the information
they need to finally reduce the mortality impact of lung cancer,” she
The report includes:
A statistical update on women and lung cancer
A discussion on sex-based differences in lung cancer
Insight into the gaps in research funding
Fenton Ambrose noted that she hopes the report will also help create a network of support around women with lung cancer.
“There are so many women out there struggling with lung cancer who feel so isolated and shunned.”
“The title of the report - “Out of the Shadows” - refers not just to
the disease of lung cancer, but to them - the patients - who have been
ignored for too long,” she stated.
For more information and to view the report, go to www.lungcanceralliance.org/shadows.
Lung Cancer Alliance, www.lungcanceralliance.org,
is the only national non-profit dedicated exclusively to providing
patient support and advocacy for those living with or at risk for lung
cancer. Lung Cancer Alliance is committed to reversing decades of
stigma and neglect by empowering those with or at risk for the disease,
elevating awareness and changing health policy.