Lung Cancer Awareness Month is a double-edged sword. While it puts a spotlight on lung cancer, raising funds and building awareness, that spotlight only lasts 30 days, and lung cancer is taking close to 160,000 lives each year.
Cancer screening in general has come under concerted attack. Until there is greater progress in treating late stage and metastatic cancers of any type and in making the highly-touted biomarkers tests more accurate, screening is only way to find cancer at an early, curable stage.
Health statistics tell an ugly story about Black America. By leagues, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in America and if the overall statistics are bad, the numbers for African-Americans are even worse.