ABRAXANE accepted for restricted use within Scotland NHS
January 07, 2016
"While some progress has been made, especially in reducing smoking rates and exposure to secondhand smoke," Connor, continued, "much remains to be done. Reducing lung cancer needs a focused effort. The Lung Association stands ready to work with the healthcare industry as well as governments, community leaders and individuals, to eliminate the disparity of lung cancer in African Americans."
The American Lung Association is calling for increased research funding on lung cancer and other health disparities. Enactment and implementation of proven policies to reduce tobacco including curbing cigarette advertising targeting youth, comprehensive smokefree air laws and coverage of tobacco cessation services, are needed. Radon exposure in federal housing must be addressed. Changes to the healthcare system to improve access to care, improve delivery of healthcare to reduce communication barriers between patients and providers, and recruiting more minorities to the healthcare field.
Last month, the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee met to review the science relating to the issue of menthol in cigarettes and its impact on public health. The Committee's report and recommendations are due in March of 2011. FDA is also required to develop an action plan with stakeholders to enforce restrictions on the promotion and advertising of menthol and other cigarettes to youth. The Lung Association eagerly awaits both sets of recommendations.
SOURCE American Lung Association