The Weekly: Lung cancer in never-smokers, colorectal cancer health disparities, and more

Published on January 29, 2021

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'But I never smoked': A growing share of lung cancer cases is turning up in an unexpected population

‘But I never smoked’: A growing share of lung cancer cases is turning up in an unexpected population

TUESDAY, January 26, 2021 (STAT news)—Breast cancer wouldn’t have surprised her; being among the 1 in 8 women who develop it over their lifetime isn’t statistically improbable. Neither would have colorectal cancer; knowing the risk, Mandi Pike “definitely” planned to have colonoscopies as she grew older.

But when a PET scan in November 2019 revealed that Pike, a 33-year-old oil trader, wife, and mother of two in Edmond, Okla., had lung cancer—she had been coughing and was initially misdiagnosed with pneumonia—her first reaction was, “but I never smoked,” she said. “It all seemed so surreal.”

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