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The stigma of lung cancer

My mother has lung cancer. She never smoked. I recall the moment I heard the news. I was at work, and I immediately left my office in tears and aimlessly wandered nearby neighborhoods, unable to make sense of this new reality or my own complex range of emotions. Once I began telling co-workers and friends, I began to see a trend as the typical response went something like, "Oh, I'm so sorry. Did she smoke?" This, undoubtedly, is an innocuous and rational question. We have heard about the perils of smoking for decades. However, it highlights the troubling reality that lung cancer carries a stigma. Many view lung cancer as something that an individual brought upon themselves...

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