|[December 16, 2013]
Bonnie J. Addario, Founder of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, Issued the Following Statement in Response to the Nov. 29 Dr. Oz Segment on Symptoms People Worry About Most
SAN CARLOS, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Bonnie J. Addario, founder of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer
Foundation, issued the following statement in response to the Nov. 29
Dr. Oz segment on symptoms people worry about most:
"I'm sure you are aware by now that your segment on Friday,
Nov. 29 -- 'The Alarmist Guide To The Symptoms You Worry About Most'
-- caused quite a stir in the lung cancer community. A woman on your
show complained about a nagging, persistent cough and read online that
it may be a symptom of lung cancer. It IS a symptom of lung cancer.
While you did advise her to see a physician if her cough continued for
more than two weeks, you mislead your audience when you said, 'If you
don't smoke you should always feel better about that.' You then
proceeded to calm her fears and said she had post-nasal drip, not lung
"It is true that smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer, but
more and more people every year are being diagnosed who have never
smoked a day in their lives. Lung cancer in never-smokers, if it were a
cancer by itself, is now the sixth deadliest
cancer in the U.S. The American Cancer Society estimates that
nearly 24,000 Americans will die of lung cancer in 2013 who never
smoked. That is greater than the number of deaths associated with
Leukemia, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Liver, Ovarian and Bladder cancers.
Because there is so little funding for lung cancer research we still
don't know why the number of never-smokers with lung cancer are
increasing. Prevention and early diagnosis are extremely challenging as
there isn't a reliable early detection test other than a CT scan.
"You did provide the proper advice to your guest at the end of the
segment, but the message heard loudly among the lung cancer community is
that never-smokers shouldn't worry about lung cancer, which sadly today
is not the message well respected physicians like you should send.
"In May of 2012 you aired this short
but important PSA on your show that 'Not only smokers get lung
cancer.' We hope you'll consider revisiting this statement in more
detail on an upcoming episode and partnering with us to increase
awareness of lung cancer.
"In 2006 I founded the Bonnie
J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, one of the largest and most
active philanthropies dedicated to raising awareness and funding for
lung cancer research and patient programs, with the ultimate goal of
making lung cancer a chronically managed, survivable disease in the next
10 years. Our sister foundation, the Addario Lung Cancer Medical
Institute, is launching a ground-breaking study in January called The
Genomics of Young Lung Cancer Study, which aims to understand why
never-smokers under the age of 40 are getting lung cancer and if they
have a unique cancer subtype that could be treated differently. The
research is being conducted by (list the institutions) Two patients who
plan to enter the study, Ingrid Nunez and Emily Bennett-Taylor, were
recently profiled in an article
about the study in The Atlantic.
"This timely study offers you a great opportunity to clear up the
confusion about smoking and lung cancer, and have a real discussion
about the deadliest cancer in the U.S. and the world.
"Thank you in advance for understanding the concerns I am raising, and
we look forward to working with you and your producers in 2014 to save
Bonnie J. Addario
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