SMOKING KEY TO CLOSING RACIAL GAP IN LUNG CANCER26 December 2012 in General
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in Nebraska and across the country. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer today. However it can also be caused by other things such as environmental pollution or radon gas.
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in Nebraska and across the country, and it affects blacks at a higher rate than whites. Smoking is not the only reason for the gap, but health experts believe helping smokers quit is the best way to close it.
Marcia Fountain of Omaha knows she is fortunate to have lived through her battle with lung cancer. Fountain, 67, is African-American, mostly retired from a career working with the developmentally disabled. After smoking for 30 years, she quit in 1991. In December of 2010, doctors discovered a spot found on her lung was cancer. When she was first diagnosed with lung cancer, she thought back to her grandfather’s smoking habit.
“He always used to smoke those short Camels,” Fountain said. “And then cough. He used to cough all the time. Finally he went to the doctor, but it was too late.” . . Continue Reading
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