There was a time when lung cancer was considered mostly a man’s disease – partly because so many men smoked and women did not. Men smoked not only cigarettes but cigar smoking was a widely accepted practice among the gentlemen of the world – kinda like an expected thing – a thing of manhood and privilege of being a man.
In days gone by after dinner, the women would go to the parlor for tea and the men would retire to a room where they could smoke and not bother the ladies. Polite men would always ask a lady if she minded if he lit up no matter if it was cigarette or cigar.
Big cities like Atlanta were an opportunity for women to work in the public during and after World War 11 and since they were doing the work of men, they began to take on the habits of men including among other things, smoking.
Now they rank right up there with the men in the number of cases with the result usually the same – an early and horrible death. Lung cabcer in women far out rates all forms of cancer women get… not just breast cancer.
Not to say that all women or men who get lung cancer ever smoked or perhaps they quit years ago. But that is not a valid excuse for women to continue smoking when it is a known cause of lung cancer. One does not cancel out the other.
However, as time passed men began to smoke more in the public, in the office, and even on public transportation. They would even light up in elevators until the non-smoking public rebelled. In the days gone by there was less knowledge than people have today; and smart people just never start smoking and even smarter ones quit.
Breast cancer in recent years has become so widely advertised and many fund raising efforts has spotlighted this other form of deadly cancer; but still in the equation are other forms of deadly cancer for women especially lung cancer. Cigarette smoking also contributes to other forms of cancer including breast cancer and colon cancer.
In the beginning when women first started smoking, they did so in secret. It was just not a nice thing for women to do. And then as time passed, they become more and more open and smoked more; and influenced other young women to begin. The movies after the 1940’s and beyond contributed much to influence women of women smoking. They saw the big stars smoking not only on screen; but in public and this seemed to make it all right. NOT. Be a leader and not a follower.
A commentator said of young mothers back in the late 1960’s that the typical mother would have their baby lying in their lap, a cigarette in one hand – the phone in the other – a cup of coffee on the table – watching soap operas. While that may not have been the norm for everyone; that was certainly the case for many. The new found freedoms of the 1960’s freed women from the routines of women in the past.
Lung cancer surpassed breast cancer 23 years ago and it continues to rise. Children are exposed to second smoke (and now even the dangers of third hand smoke) from an early age. Young girls see their mothers, aunts, and even grandmother’s smoking; and they think it is a grown up thing to do and many young girls start as a sort of rebellion or to be “cool” and impress their friends.
Eleanor Cliff, writer for “Politics Daily,” stated in her article:
“At a Capitol Hill briefing last week, the Lung Cancer Alliance released a report about women and cancer titled, “Out of the Shadows,” which documents the gaps in research funding and the need for equality in disease treatment. Lung cancer is now the cancer that women are most likely to die from. Among the report’s findings: Women who have never smoked appear to be at two to three times greater risk for developing lung cancer than men who have never smoked. Women tend to develop lung cancer at younger ages than men, and the disease is striking more younger women who have never smoked. The report was prepared by Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Women’s Health Policy and Advocacy Program at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology.”
To read her entire report check http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/05/16/lung-cancer-and-women-deadlier-than-breast-ovarian-and-cervica/?icid=main|main|dl2|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicsdaily.com%2F2010%2F05%2F16%2Flung-cancer-and-women-deadlier-than-breast-ovarian-and-cervica%2 F
Today there is more help than in the past to help both men and women overcome this deadly habit. But they have to become wise, and want to stop, and want to avoid the ravages of cancer; but still many refuse to acknowledge how with each puff, they are taking years off their lives and time with their families. As always when parents made bad decisions, it is always the children who pay the price.
However, there are other mediating circumstances that can cause cancer; and the research and funding for lung cancer in women have not been as aggressive as for men. The Lung Cancer Alliance hopes to help change that. Research may one day show that women who smoked during their pregnancy will come to realize that is another reason why their children grow up and have lung cancer. Many times it can be the work environment which can contribute to lung cancer as well.
While stopping the health hazard of smoking is a very difficult thing – and much has been done as far as limiting advertising, and smoke free zones, there were and are still a lot of money to be made by the tobacco companies and they give a lot of political support. When someone died for one bottle of Tylenol years ago, every bottle on every shelf was removed; but because of lobbying and political involvement tobacco companies still thrive today.
Another risk from tobacco is on the rise among young ; especially boys in high school. They are risking oral cancer and cancer of the esophagus, and other forms of cancer by allowing that toxin to remain in their mouths with it being penetrated into their blood stream.
For those who smoke, it is not unlike those who drink or do drugs – it is for the feeling – and the feeling is not the addicted thing; but the different feeling that follows when the body is withdrawing from the effects. This desire and feeling is so strong, they must light up immediately in order to combat that withdrawal effect. The longer you wait between cigarettes and then begin to limit the number each day – you can begin to get a hold on a complete cure.
Those who smoke are urged to go through five or six weeks of this terrible withdrawal in order to help minimize years of suffering with cancer, emphysema, and heart related problems such as high blood pressure all caused by invasion of nicotine into the blood stream.
If you smoke, quit. If not… don’t smoke, don’t start. If you know a loved one who is smoking, never give up reminding them how much they are loved and needed and what they are doing to their bodies and to the ones that love them.
Many people are ashamed of what they are doing to their bodies and feel they have no choice; and many times they delay seeking medicine care when symptoms first occur – particularly coughing. But you should not wait until you get symptoms that could be too late – stop for the sheer joy of being set free and being more healthy. Think a great things you could give the money, too. Perhaps the Lung Association.
You can start today by checking with the American Lung Association for more information on how you or someone you love can be set free.
General information: http://www.lungusa.org/
Your Lungs: http://www.lungusa.org/your-lungs/
Stop smoking: http://www.lungusa.org/stop-smoking/
Stop and think for a moment. Just how much sense does it make to stick something in your face and set fire to it? Would you lean down and breathe the exhaust from your auto? Why then, over time, do you do the same thing to your lungs with cigarettes??????? Of the women, who for other reasons may get lung cancer yet never smoked, they at least know they did not knowingly cause it.
A web site with a message from your child: http://www.byteland.org/cancer/index.html