Here are your questions about the Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act of 2019 answered!
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Q: What’s going on with women and lung cancer? And what about men?
Lung cancer is the least funded cancer of all the major cancers in terms of research dollars per death. It’s also one of the only cancers where patients are routinely blamed for their condition even though 80 percent of women diagnosed today are former smokers or have never smoked. In fact, more than two-thirds of the never-smokers diagnosed with lung cancer are women – and they are more than twice as likely to get lung cancer as men who never smoked. Due to the lack of research, we simply have no idea why.
Despite its enormous public health impact, lung cancer remains the “hidden” women’s cancer—little known and rarely discussed. As a result, most women are unaware that lung cancer – not breast cancer – is the leading cause of cancer deaths. Lung cancer is also the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women and veterans. We are not leaving them behind – rather building on the momentum around women’s health and record number of women legislators to rapidly advance legislation that will help the entire lung cancer community – not just women.
Q: What will this legislation do for the lung cancer community?
It addresses a woman’s health imperative by establishing a research pathway to explore differences across genders with respect to risk factors, incidence and response to treatment. The effort will also consider methods to accelerate implementation of screening services and development of national public education and awareness programs focused on the lung cancer impact on women and the importance of early detection.
Q: What will this legislation do?
1) Increasing research on women and lung cancer.
2) Improving access to lung cancer preventive services.
3) Conducting a national public awareness and education campaign on lung cancer and early detection.
Q: Who entered this legislation into Congress?
Q: What can I do to support this legislation?
Q: Why focus on women legislators?
Q: Where can I go for additional details and resources?
- GO2 Foundation Press Release on the introduction of the legislation
- Facts and Figures: Women and Lung Cancer
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “Lung Cancer: A Women’s Health Imperative” 2016 Report
- Action Center: Ask your Representative and Senators to co-sponsor the Women & Lung Cancer Legislation