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Blame, shame and lung cancer

Matthew Peters

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Abstract

Patients with lung cancer are blamed for causing their illness to a much greater extent than are patients with other smoking related diseases. This blame is unjustified, has real impacts on vulnerable individuals and needs to be systematically eliminated.

Article Extract

Lung cancer is the most common fatal malignancy, and there is an undeniable link to tobacco smoking in most cases. Although smoking is a contributing factor in a number of illnesses, patients with lung cancer are blamed for causing their illness far more frequently than are patients with other smoking-related diseases. This blame is laid by both healthcare providers and the wider community.

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