Roy Castle, the one UK Lung Cancer charity there is, just published a new blog post about women and lung cancer.
Great! I thought and started reading. Now I wish I really didn’t.
I get that the author is new to the topic, but fuck me that was just lazy.
Of course it’s all about smoking again and the notion that if people don’t smoke, they don’t get lung cancer. We know this is wrong of course and it’s a fucking smack in the face to people who never smoked.
Call me crazy but I expect better from a Lung Cancer charity.
They went through all the hassle of examining the correlation between the different working habits of women during and post WW2 and smokibng, but completely failed to assess weather exposure to chemicals (seriously, ever heard of asbestos?!) could play a role here.
Nope, of course it’s all smoking (and that’s basically saying if you smoked, or worse are still smoking, well then you’re just stupid and don’t deserve better).
The only reference to other causes has been thrown in here “Although not all lung cancer sufferers are smokers, if we can help younger generations to say ‘no’ to cigarettes and ‘yes’ to healthy lungs, then we will be well on the way to beating lung cancer for good. Cut Films, our anti-tobacco youth engagement project, has been a crucial component in spreading the word to young people.”
Well, fewer people than ever smoke. Yes it’s crucial to prevent people from smoking, but with numbers ever decreasing, be it because people are more informed of the risks or because the price of cigarettes has become prohibitive (both important) I just wish for ONCE people would say “hey maybe we need to do more awareness around funding, maybe we need to do more about educating about other causes so people who never smoked go and seek out help before it’s too late, maybe we raise awareness so doctors don’t dismiss patients who present symptoms but never smoked as crazy”.
But maybe I’m just crazy to expect better from Roy Castle Lung Cancer charity.