What Kind Of Cancer Did Paul Newman Have

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Kind of lung cancer Paul Newman Had
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Movie star and a good man Paul Newman died today of cancer at age 83. Many people and funs have been asking what kind of cancer did Paul Newman have. It was lung cancer.

Paul Newman had been battling lung cancer since June 2008. He pulled out of directing a stage production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in Connecticut because of unspecified health problems. His lung cancer put the disease in spotlight.

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs. These abnormal cells do not carry out the functions of normal cells and do not develop into healthy lung tissue. Researchers have found that it takes a series of genetic changes to create a lung cancer cell. Before becoming fully cancerous, cells can be precancerous, which means they have some irregularities (mutations) but still function as lung cells.

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Lung Cancer Society reports that the signs and symptoms of lung cancer can take years to develop and they may not appear until the disease is advanced. Some symptoms of lung cancer that are in the chest can be coughing, especially if it persists or becomes intense, pain in the chest, shoulder, or back unrelated to pain from coughing. Other signs of lung cancer include a change in color or volume of sputum, shortness of breath and changes in the voice or being hoarse.

Harsh sounds with each breath (stridor), recurrent lung problems, such as bronchitis or pneumonia and coughing up blood are other known symptoms of lung cancer.

"People respond in different ways when they learn they have been diagnosed with cancer. Some people want to learn all they can about their disease, while others try not to think too much about it. Most health care professionals want you to be an active partner with them in making decisions. They know that you will better be able to cope with the challenges of treatment if you have a sense of control over the process," writes Lung Cancer Society.

Because environmental factors other than smoking can increase your risk of lung cancer, it is important to reduce or eliminate those factors. Examples of environmental factors include asbestos, radon, and secondhand smoke. If you have been exposed to asbestos or radon, you can take steps to decrease or eliminate those exposures.

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Since medical science believes that smoking causes lung cancer, why does the government subsidise tobacco production and allow its sale? Perhaps it is time for some brave and ethical lawyers to start a class action against the feds. No new drug that was as addicting and dangerous as tobacco would ever be approved. It is outrageous that taxpayers pay for tobacco subsidies, cancer illness, and expensive advertising campaigns to discourage smoking.No wonder the country is in financial trouble..one part of our government encourages smoking and another part fights it...??? we have met the enemy and he is us..
Did Newman smoke at one time?
It has not been confirmed that Mr. Newman died of lung cancer, and I strongly encourage all news media to confirm such information before reporting it. Not that it matters what kind of cancer he had. As a lung cancer survivor myself who speaks and writes frequently about the stigma of the disease, I can say that up to 20% of new lung cancer diagnoses are in never-smokers and more than 60% are in never smokers or former smokers . I quit almost 20 yrs before my diagnosis, and after many many attempts. Cigarettes are more addicting than heroin, according to the American Cancer Society, and most people start smoking when they're too young to know better (our judgment centers aren't fully developed until we're 25 yrs old). If there is any blame involved, then it is with the tobacco industry. And once someone has cancer it does absolutely no good to judge them, whether a life style choice was involved or not. We must treat them with compassion. We don't withhold compassion or funds for research for heart disease or diabetes or AIDS. Why lung cancer? Lori Hope www.LoriHope.com
This may seem naive but why do people smoke? We are intelligent people and are aware of the health risks. We know it causes cancer and other health problems.Why do we need big brother to watch over us? Just say no-use self restraint-no one is sticking that cigarette in your mouth. Educate your children and take responsibility. (This is not directed at Paul Newman or anyone else with cancer it was just a thought).
You're absolutely right. You ARE naive and a little self-rightous too.
So, I guess you would agree to sue McDonalds because customers say their food makes them over weight.
I think it would be great if victims of the tobacco industry would come out and tell their story. I remember Jack Klugman doing it before he died. He was a smoker. I see so many young people picking up the addiction and acting as though it's sexy. Well, there is nothing sexy about lung cancer and heart disease and the movie and fashion industries should be held to account for their contribution to its promotion. thanks
Really - Why would anyone continue smoking? The first one is truly disgusting. Must be to "fit in." I tried it to see what the hoopla was. Come on - it's not like it's addictive like heroin or something. So why do people smoke? They know better. I did at well under 25 years old. I hope I am raising my kids to know better also. (I am not the first poster.)
Newman was a famously heavy smoker. Quit 30 years ago. The damage never goes away completely, but it does lessen; we probably would have lost him in his 60s or 70s had he not quit. --why does the government subsidise tobacco production and allow its sale? The gov no longer subsidises tobacco. It once did, and it continues to underregulate tobacco because, simply, that's what you get when you have a system of legalized bribery, combined with a massively rich industry that has been utterly recalcitrant about its product's contribution to the biggest cancer killer there is. The industry has also contributed massively to the "blame the smoker" idea, just as it contributes to the "blame the parents" idea when it comes to youth smoking. Blame everything and everyone but us.
To everyone who has smoked and quit and to those who are trying to quit: If you have quit smoking, you are very fortunate. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs around. If you haven't been able to quit -- don't give up -- I dug cigarette butts out of my in-laws' firplace just to take one more puff -- I finally quit. The only reason I have never touched another cigarette is because I'd have to quit again, and I think it would kill me. I've been a non-smoker for 20+ years now and I just hope and pray I quit in time. I hope you can quit also if you want to. Good luck -- don't let relapses get you down -- quit again. Peggy
Both my parents smoked at least 2-3 packs a day.(total of 4-6 a day)I can remember looking across the room and seeing a smoke haze and wondering why they did it --it smelled and made me cough-- to this day I still cough a lot-I have bronchitis more than the usual person and I have an ongoing sinus infection--as do my 3 sisters and a brother-- from smoking?????? No one smokes in our home and we do not frequent places to eat if there is smoking.It is like a drug but the goverment makes so much money off it they will not outlaw it.What a shame... my parents were killing us.
Why do people smoke? Because they want to. Grow up people. It's a free country, people can put whatever they want into their bodies.