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Elderly Wood Seller Loses Wife, Gains Thousands of Supporters

Kenneth Smith sells wood on side of road to pay off wife's medical bills

(Newser) - "It makes me think that we live in a good country," Kenneth Smith tells WLOX . The 80-year-old Mississippi man has been selling wood on the side of the road since last year, first with his wife, Helen, by his side, then—after Helen's death from lung cancer... More »

US Cancer Patients Become Unlikely Cuban Drug Smugglers

'American treatments were not helping me. What other choice did I have?'

(Newser) - "When we were children, we were taught that Cubans didn't know what they were doing," 69-year-old Mick Phillips says. "Turns out they do." The New York Times looks at American lung cancer patients, like Phillips, who are traveling to Cuba and smuggling back a cancer... More »

Ominous Stats on the Women's Cancer Horizon

A 60% rise in deaths by 2030, per an ACS report

(Newser) - Two disturbing reports were issued this week on the cancer front, with one noting women will see a spike in cancer deaths over the next decade or so—5.5 million cancer deaths by the year 2030. The other report adds that women afflicted with breast cancer alone could nearly... More »

John Stossel Has Cancer, Laments 'Socialist' Hospital's Customer Service

'Bureaucrats don't care if you sleep'

(Newser) - Fox News host John Stossel has lung cancer. But don't worry, his doctors tell him he'll be fine. No, Stossel has something else on his mind in an opinion piece published Wednesday on Fox News. "I get excellent medical care here. But…I have to say the... More »

Your Favorite Breakfast Foods Could Be Giving You Lung Cancer

Also white rice, pineapple, popcorn, and more

(Newser) - That morning bagel, bowl of corn flakes, or packet of instant oatmeal could be increasing your risk of lung cancer, according to a study published this month. NBC News reports researchers in Texas found a link between foods with a high glycemic index and lung cancer, which kills more Americans... More »

We're About to Get Cuba's Lung Cancer Vaccine

Clinical trials of Cimavax could start this year

(Newser) - Closer American ties with one of the world's major cigar exporters could actually be good news in the fight against lung cancer. Cuba has developed Cimavax, an effective lung cancer vaccine, and American researchers can now finally get their hands on it, reports Wired . After New York Gov. Andrew... More »

Autopsy: David Carr Died of Lung Cancer

Heart disease was a contributing factor in renowned columnist's sudden death

(Newser) - New York Times media columnist David Carr died of an aggressive form of lung cancer, according to an autopsy performed because of the sudden nature of his death Thursday . Heart disease was a contributing factor, reports the Times . It's unclear if Carr's illness—metastatic small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma... More »

Top Cancer Killer of Women in Rich Nations Shifts

Smoking drives the change

(Newser) - For the first time, lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries. The reason is smoking, which peaked years later for women than it did for men. "We're seeing the deaths now" from lung cancer due to a... More »

Most Cancer Types Boil Down to Bad Luck

Study: Heredity and lifestyle play a role in only 1 in 3 cancer types

(Newser) - Roughly two-thirds of cancer types researchers recently studied largely appear to be the result of random mutations and not inherited genes or environmental and lifestyle factors. Reporting in the journal Science , researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine investigated 31 common cancer types and found that 22 of... More »

Joe Cocker Dies at 70

Singer of 'You Are So Beautiful,' 'Up Where We Belong'

(Newser) - Joe Cocker, the iconic British singer-songwriter known for a string of hits covering half a century, has died at the age of 70; the Yorkshire Post reports that he suffered from lung cancer. The Brit rose to fame in the '60s, played two Woodstocks, turned "With a Little... More »

Lung Cancer May Lie in Wait for 20 Years, Then Strike

'Genetic faults' can form, then stay dormant until fast growth is triggered later on

(Newser) - Smoking's bad, quitting's better, but don't start smoking in the first place if you can help it—because even those who give it up and think they're in the clear after a few years may have an unpleasant surprise lying in wait. Scientists from Cancer Research... More »

Almost 10% of Cancer Survivors Still Smoke: Study

83% of those who keep puffing away smoke an average 15 cigarettes daily

(Newser) - It's been well documented how smoking wreaks havoc on your body, with tobacco use upping the risk for a variety of cancers—lung, bladder, esophagus, larynx, pancreas, and more—and causing almost one in five deaths in the US and 30% of all cancer deaths, according to the American... More »

RJ Reynolds Hit for $23.6B in Smoking Lawsuit

Lawyer: Jury message is 'tobacco cannot continue to lie to the American people'

(Newser) - RJ Reynolds is about $23.6 billion poorer after a Florida jury awarded a widow a whopping $23.6 billion in damages over her husband's death from lung cancer. As the Pensacola News Journal notes, it's one of the largest verdicts ever against a tobacco company, and a... More »

Switching to E-Cigarettes? Read This Study First

Researchers find cause for concern in preliminary study

(Newser) - As the FDA considers how to regulate e-cigarettes, a recent study finds very tentative reason for concern: When it comes to promoting cancer development in certain types of lung cells, it may not matter whether you're smoking the real thing or the nicotine-laced vapor in an electronic cigarette. How... More »

Girl's Lung Cancer Blamed on China Pollution

Victim, only 8 years old, lives near busy street

(Newser) - An 8-year-old girl in China has lung cancer, and her doctors are blaming pollution. The girl is believed to be China’s youngest-ever lung cancer patient. State media reports that she lives near a busy street and was constantly inhaling toxic air. Lung cancer deaths are up more than 400%... More »

Lung Cancer Drug Could Be 'Game-Changer'

Roche drug more effective on smokers than non-smokers: study

(Newser) - An experimental drug is actually more effective against lung cancer in patients who smoke than those who never have, Reuters reports. MPDL3280A, a Roche drug, is "great news for lung cancer patients," who are notoriously difficult to treat, researchers say; one oncologist says early-stage trials suggest it is... More »

Longtime Smokers Need Yearly CT Scan: US Panel

Feds think move will save 20K lives a year

(Newser) - Longtime heavy smokers should add a yearly chore to their medical regimen, says an influential federal panel: Get a CT scan. Specifically, the panel recommends that people 55 to 79 who have smoked a pack a day for 30 years should get the tests, even if they've long since... More »

Dogs Can Smell Lung Cancer

Scientists hope to build 'electronic nose'

(Newser) - Dogs are lung cancer detection experts, a study finds. They "have no problem identifying tumor patients," says a researcher in Austria, and that could lead to earlier diagnoses. Dogs who smelled 120 breath samples were able to sniff out cancer 70% of the time, a very "encouraging"... More »

Cancer Center Launches 'Moon Shot' Fight

Houston center aims to slash death rates from 8 kinds of cancer

(Newser) - America's largest cancer center has declared an all-out $3 billion war on eight types of the disease. Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center is calling the push the "Moon Shots Program," likening it to John F. Kennedy's 1962 declaration that America would make it to the... More »

Experts Target Lung Cancer With 'Tailor-Made' Drugs

Scientists look at DNA mutations in cancer tumors

(Newser) - Scientists are trying to help lung cancer sufferers by designing "personalized" drugs tailor-made to suit each DNA mutation of the disease, the New York Times reports. The first major study of squamous cell lung cancer—which kills more people annually than breast cancer or colon cancer—found that drugs... More »

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