Two things about Dana Reeve's death. First, it seems the media is assuming that lung cancer killed her. But it may have been the chemotherapy. Depending on what she was taking, her heart may have been compromised or all her organs may have shut down at once. We forget that chemo is almost as bad as the cancer.
Secondly, this whole thing about
her being a non-smoker with none of the risk factors for lung cancer
just means they weren't looking in the right place. For the
umpteenth time let me remind everyone that SV40, the monkey virus that
causes a virulent lung cancer has continued to contaminate batches of
polio vaccine since the first shots were given back in the fifties. If
she has been immunized against polio, and the chances of that are
probably close to 100 percent, she was at risk for lung cancer from the
SV40. She was also at risk for brain cancer and kidney cancer.
Okay a couple of more things: Don't forget RADON, the odorless gas that seeps into houses. And causes lung cancer.
This morning on TV a lung doc was talking about the possibility that estrogen may
play a part in lung cancer among non smoking women under fifty. Does that mean more worries for women taking birth control
I'd say yes.