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Date:11/14/2008

g cancer. In contrast, only 15 percent of cancer specialists said they lacked adequate measures against advanced breast cancer.

In a separate report released Thursday, researchers at the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute found poor public awareness of another major pulmonary condition, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which affects an estimated 24 million Americans.

Only 64 percent of those surveyed had heard of COPD, and among those who knew of it, only 44 percent were aware of it as a leading cause of death. But those numbers were an improvement of results in a 2004 survey, when only 49 percent of those questioned said they were aware of COPD.

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There's more on lung cancer at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.



SOURCES: Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president and CEO, Lung Cancer Alliance, Washington D.C.; Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D, senior research scientist, U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Bethesda, Md.; news release, Nov. 13, 2008, U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Nov. 12, 2008, news release, Lung Cancer Alliance


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