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lung cancer

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This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to The Consulate of the United States of America in Vietnam, Donald Trump, Zoe Lofgren

URGENT PLEA for Trinh Phan

On July 2, 2017, my aunt Trinh Phan, a non-smoker, was suddenly diagnosed with Metastatic Stage 4 Lung Cancer and Acute Respiratory Disorder Syndrome (ARDS). At the tender age of 33, Trinh is lovingly married to Young Nguyen. They both have an 8-year-old son named David Nguyen. My aunt is currently hospitalized for her terminal illness, intubated, and in critical condition at the intensive care unit (ICU). She has been given less than a few months to live.   One of her final wishes is to be reunited with her mother, Nguyen Thi Hoa, currently residing in Vietnam. The Consulate General of the United States of America in Vietnam has rejected our family's plea for Trinh's mother's temporary visa. The application was denied due to concerns that her mother would not return back to Vietnam and would be a burden to the United States. They claimed that Trinh's mother was unable to convince the consulate that her only desire to enter the United States was to visit her dying daughter. In actuality, this is truly the ONLY reason why her mother urgently needs a temporary visa to visit the United States. We are rallying together community members for support of a plea for Trinh Phan's mother's temporary travel visa. We have reached out to our local representatives and will be sending your support to U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (California's 19th Congressional District) seeking her assistance of a reconsideration by The Consulate General of the United States of America in Vietnam.  UPDATE (August 21, 2017): Access our plea letter to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren's office at this link. Access Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren's letter to the President of the United States at this link. Please sign in support to reunite Trinh and her mother during these difficult times. Your signature is a symbol of our community binding together out of love and compassion. We thank you for your prayers. With sincere gratitude, The Nguyen-Phan Family

Katherine Mỹ-Duyên Lê
17,218 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Members of the World Health Assembly

Sign the Charter for Lung Health

Read the full Charter for Lung Health here: http://www.firsnet.org/publications/charter This is an urgent call to action by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) for better lung health around the world.Respiratory diseases are often not recognized as the major problem they are: More than 65 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, sometimes known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis) and 3 million die each year, making it the third leading cause of death worldwide−and the numbers are increasing. About 334 million people suffer from asthma, making the most common chronic disease of childhood  It affects 14% of children globally−and rising. The most common lethal neoplasm in the world is lung cancer. It kills 1.6 million people each year−and again, those numbers are growing. For decades, pneumonia has been among the top three causes of death and disability among both children and adults. In 2015, 10.4 million people developed tuberculosis−and 1.4 million people died from it. At least 2 billion people are exposed to toxic indoor smoke; 1 billion inhale polluted air outside, and 1 billion are exposed to tobacco smoke. Four million people die prematurely every year from other chronic respiratory diseases. Fortunately, most respiratory diseases are PREVENTABLE by improving the quality of the air. Common sources of unhealthy air are tobacco smoke, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and air containing microbes, toxic particles, fumes, or allergens. Join us in reducing tobacco consumption, controlling unhealthy air especially in the workplace, and strengthening immunization programs as important first steps. By signing this petition, you are indicating your support for the Charter for Lung Health, a document designed to address these issues.  We are aiming for 100,000 signatories from around the world!Everyone has the right to breathe clean air and to have healthy lungs. Read the full Charter for Lung Health here: http://www.firsnet.org/publications/charter

Forum of International Respiratory Societies
4,320 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Centers For Disease Control, American Cancer Society, Cure Magazine, Federal Drug Administration, Canadian Cancer Association, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, National Association of Science Writers

Stop promoting lung cancer stigma in the media

For years, anti-smoking ads effectively reduced smoking by emphasizing negative images of smokers afflicted with lung cancer. Unfortunately, these ads caused the public to equate smoking and lung cancer, and villianized smokers and lung cancer patients instead of tobacco and tobacco companies.  This "smoking equals lung cancer" meme is persistent, pervasive, and generates lung cancer stigma.   Lung cancer stigma increases depression and blame among patients and their family members, reduces compassion and funding for lung cancer, hinders awareness of other lung cancer risk factors, and discourages those at high risk from seeking lung cancer screening that could save their lives. The "smoking equals lung cancer" meme is unfair and inaccurate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) state smoking affects every organ in the body and is a risk factor for twelve cancers as well as sixteen other diseases, including heart disease, the biggest killer of all.  In fact, more people die of smoking-related cardiovascular disease than die of lung cancer.  But publications and media usually mention smoking and smoking cessation only in association with lung cancer. This reinforces the stigma.  What do we want?We're asking US and global cancer organizations, media companies, researchers, and professional organizations to help reduce lung cancer stigma by reducing the "smoking equals lung cancer" mindset.  We're asking they do this by using the following tactics in their communications:  avoid using any images of tobacco products in communications about lung cancer refer to smoking as a RISK FACTOR for cancer (instead of a cause) when discussing smoking in association with lung cancer, include references to other known risk factors for lung cancer avoid featuring communications about smoking and smoking cessation in proximity to lung cancer communications whenever possible discuss smoking and smoking cessation in association with EVERY cancer (not just lung cancer) and every disease linked to smoking Why do we care? Lung cancer is the most deadly cancer. In the US alone, a jumbo jet's worth of lung cancer patients die every day.  One in sixteen people in the US will get it in their lifetime, and about 80% of them will be nonsmokers.  Organizations that promote smoking cessation focus on lung cancer patients (most of whom do not smoke) rather than ALL patients whose diseases are linked to smoking. The fact is, smoking cessation cannot cure ANY cancer, nor guarantee a person will not get lung cancer. Because of stigma, many people don't know that anyone with lungs can get lung cancer, and that lung cancer research is funded at a level far less per death that other major cancers. Members of the Lung Cancer Social Media (#LCSM) community want to change these facts in our lifetimes.  You can learn more about lung cancer stigma here https://lcsmchat.com/lung-cancer-stigma-references/Supporters of this petition include [names of lung cancer organizations]

LCSM Chat
703 supporters