Bohemian Tangents

A lot of people have quit smoking, but as I walk past businesses in the strip malls of my small town, I notice how many people still smoke. The majority I witness are less than average income folks. Smoking is undoubtedly a powerful addiction and somehow the pleasure from this habit compensates for knowing that it will likely shorten one’s life. 

The facts on lung cancer seem to be drowned on all the hype on progress for other cancers. Lung cancer is, for the most part, with rare exceptions, a death sentence. The 5 year survival rate is 15% after diagnosis. The 10 year survival rate is 5%.

It is hard to find current statistics for 2012 on the average cost of treating lung cancer. From what I’ve seen, it could range from $100,000 to $300,000. Lung, bronchial and tracheal cancers are the most costly, accounting for $180 billion…

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