The following editorial appeared Friday in the Los Angeles Times:
The day before he died, Derek Neal received his MD diploma from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Leaders from the medical school presented it to Derek in his hospital room.
After decades of qualms about lung cancer screening, the American Cancer Society says there now is enough evidence to recommend it, but only for current and former heavy smokers ages 55 to 74 and after a frank talk about risks and benefits.
Gail Leland, who founded Homicide Survivors after the murder of her 14-year-old son in 1981, lost her 12-year battle with lung cancer Wednesday morning. She was 63.
Gail Leland founded the charter chapter of Parents of Murdered Children in Tucson on Feb. 19, 1982, and it later became Homicide Survivors Inc.
was murdered in 1981 at age 14, and his killer has never been found.
It's not the kind of news any 41-year-old would expect, let alone someone who has never smoked.
Last week's story about University of Arizona medical student Derek Neal's battle with lung cancer attracted some inaccurate comments from readers.
Over Labor Day weekend, registered nurse and current medical student Derek Neal unexpectedly went from the role of health-care provider to gravely ill patient.
In the 2012 file photo, Derek Neal, who was diagnosed with non-smoker lung cancer, said each day with his wife and children - son Gabe,then 9, and daughter Emma, then 5 - was a gift. Derek died Saturday less than a year after he was diagnosed with non-smoker's lung cancer.
Bill Mehle was 18 when he received his first paycheck from the Boston Red Sox. It was 1950, and he played for the Wilson Tobacconists of the Class D Coastal Plains League.