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Lung Cancer Alliance-Massachusetts Issues Inaugural State-Specific Report Card on Lung Cancer
Date:11/28/2007

vival rate.

-- Number of Late Stage Diagnosis - GRADE: F Over 70 percent of lung cancer patients are diagnosed in the late stages of the disease when it is not curable. We must shift to earlier detection, diagnosis and treatment if we hope to improve overall survival.

-- Newly-Addicted Youth Smokers - GRADE: F 7,400 new Commonwealth "daily" smokers under age 18 become addicted each year.

-- State-Supported Research - GRADE: F Massachusetts has failed to adequately fund research in prevention, early disease management and treatment for lung cancer.

-- State Cancer Plan Commitment - GRADE: D While the plan recommends smoking cessation programs, it fails to recommend research for lung cancer early detection and treatment.

"Now is the time to take action," said Joanne O'Connor, LCA-MA Co-chair. "Lung cancer has been ignored for far too long. LCA-MA will work with hospitals, public health organizations, and legislators throughout the state to ensure Massachusetts becomes a leader in the fight against the number one cancer killer."

For more information on the services provided by Lung Cancer Alliance or to view the complete LCA-MA Report Card on Lung Cancer, visit http://www.lungcanceralliance.org.

Lung Cancer Alliance is the only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to patient support and advocacy for those living with or at risk for the disease. Lung Cancer Alliance is committed to reversing decades of stigma and neglect by empowering those with or at risk for lung cancer, elevating awareness, and changing health policy.


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