Doctors Puzzled By Increase In Lung Cancer Among Women Who Have Never Smoked


THAN BREAST, OVARIAN AND UTERINE CANCER COMBINED?… LUNG CANCER. TONIGHT WE TALK TO A WOMAN KNOWN IN VIETNAM AS THE “QUEEN OF THE STARTUPS.” SHE’S BATTLING LUNG CANCER.. EVEN THOUGH SHE’S NEVER SMOKED. KPIX 5’S ELIZABETH COOK SHOWS US WHY SHE.. AND OTHERS LIKE HER.. MAYBE AT A GREATER RISK.===TRACK===THIRTY-ONE-YEAR OLD THUY TRUONG PACKS A LOT INTO LIFE. SHE WAS BORN IN VIETNAM, AND IMMIGRATED TO THE U.S AS A TEENAGER.===THUY===”I immigrate here to the U.S. with my family when i was 17 years old “.===TRACK===AFTER GRADUATING FROM USC, SHE LAUNCHED THREE STARTUPS===NATSND===nats outside hospital looking at her smart phone===TRACK===THUY DEVELOPS SMARTPHONE APPS. SHE SOLD ONE TO A SILICON VALLEY GAMING COMPANY FOR MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS===THUY===”I work, I work – -I have so much fun and when I work in Silicon valley i have so much fun “===TRACK===LAST YEAR, SHE TRAVELED TO VIETNAM TO PRODUCE A FEATURE FILM. WHILE IN HANOI, SHE LANDED IN THE E.R. – – WITH FLUID IN HER LUNGS AND A TERRIFYING DIAGNOSIS.===THUY===”they found a lot of fluid in my lung and they confirmed that I had lung cancer”===TRACK===BACK IN CALIFORNIA, DOCTORS REVEALED HER DISEASE WAS ADVANCED. SHE HAD STAGE 4 LUNG CANCER IT HAD SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF HER BODY..===LIZ===”and you never smoked?===THUY===”I never smoked in my life”===STANDUP===Thuy isn’t alone. Doctors are seeing a growing proportion of lung cancer in women who have never smoked.===TRACK===- – ONE IN SIX FEMALE LUNG CANCER PATIENTS, YOUNG ASIAN WOMEN IN PARTICULAR..WHO NEVER PICKED UP A CIGARETTE. AS TO WHY – –===NIEVA===You know, we’re not really sure===NATSND===jorge and thuy===TRACK===WHILE THERE IS NO HARD EVIDENCE, DR. JORGE NIEVA, THUY’S ONCOLOGIST. EXPLAINS THERE ARE MANY THEORIES BIRTH CONTROL PILLS, ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS, MAYBE EVEN HPV INFECTIONS MAY ALL PLAY A ROLE. STILL – IT’S A MYSTERY.===NIEVA===”something in our environment, something in our practices.. whether it’s weight, diet, hormones – – we don’t really have that smoking gun for why we are seeing this phenomenon”===TRACK===DOCTOR ANTHONY KIM HEADS UP THE DIVISION OF THORACIC SURGERY AT USC KECK MEDICAL CENTER.. HE SAYS AMONG THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER, NONSMOKERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO CARRY A CERTAIN GENETIC MUTATION THAN SMOKERS. AND, THIS MUTATION APPEARS TO BE MORE PREVALENT IN ASIAN WOMEN.===KIM===”Many of us in the field has seen that, have seen that exact same story “===TRACK===WHILE HER CANCER CANNOT BE CURED. NEW TARGETED THERAPIES ARE KEEPING HER CANCER AT BAY, AND UNDER CONTROL. THE HOPE: TO HOLD ON – -AS BETTER TREATMENTS GET DEVELOPED.===NIEVEA===”we’ve made enough advances in this disease ove rhte last years that we’re gettre going to ask how much time i have left”===SOT===”how much time i have left doesn’t matter”===TRACK===FROM CREATING A NEW APP FOR CANCER PATIENTS – – THAT WILL HIVE