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Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program Asserts Unspoken Bias Influences Lung Cancer Policies

Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program Asserts Unspoken Bias Influences Lung Cancer Policies

VANCOUVER, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/30/07 -- The Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program (Lung Cancer CAP) reports disappointment and frustration with the discrepant standards used in evaluating the efficacy of lung cancer screening compared to screening tests for other cancers. "The announcement by the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommending the addition of yearly MRI to the already recommended annual mammography for breast cancer screening among high-risk women spotlights the blatantly discrepant standards being used to evaluate the efficacy of cancer screening depending upon the type of cancer involved," noted Lung Cancer CAP Medical Director, Dr. Tina M. St. John.

The primary study upon which ACS based the new recommendation for breast cancer screening had the same basic study design and findings as a study published by The International Early Lung Cancer Action Program Investigators less than six months ago. Yet the reaction by ACS and other policy-making bodies to the lung cancer screening study was tepid at best, resulting in no action on the part of any of those bodies to support lung cancer screening even among high-risk persons.

The irony and tragedy of the failure of the nation's policy-making bodies to support lung cancer screening is deeply distressing to lung cancer patients, families, and advocates. "The crux of the outcry is that the allegedly absolute standards that are purportedly employed in a uniform fashion to evaluate the efficacy of all cancer screening tests are in reality utilized in a sliding scale fashion depending upon what cancer is being considered," remarked Dr. St. John. "There are no qualifiers in the Hippocratic Oath, and there is no room for stigma or bias in evaluating cancer screening tests," she added. "Dying of cancer is the same experience no matter what kind you have."

The Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program's position on cancer screening states that the same level of interest, compassion, professionalism, and support should be applied to all people afflicted with cancer, regardless of type.

About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among American men and women of all ethnicities, resulting in more deaths each year than breast, prostate, and colon cancer combined. Every day of the year in the U.S., approximately 470 people are diagnosed with lung cancer and 450 people die of the disease. In 1987, lung cancer overtook breast cancer as the leading cancer killer of American women. Currently, lung cancer kills almost twice as many American women each year than does breast cancer. Similarly, lung cancer kills 3-times more American men than prostate cancer annually.

About the Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program

The Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program is a national profit organization devoted to increasing the wellness and longevity of people affected by lung cancer through information, awareness, and public advocacy.

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