“More women die of lung cancer than of breast cancer. But there is no ‘race for the cure’ for lung cancer, no brown ribbon” or high-profile advocacy groups for lung cancer, he wrote.

Kathy DeJoseph, 62, of suburban Atlanta, finally quit smoking after 40 years — to qualify for lung cancer surgery last year.

“I tried everything that came along, I just never could do it,” even while having chemotherapy, she said.

It’s a powerful addiction, she said: “I still every day have to resist wanting to go buy a pack.”


American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org

National Cancer Institute: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/tobacco/smoking and http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/lung

Medical journal: http://www.nejm.org

Marilynn Marchione can be followed at http://twitter.com/MMarchioneAP

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