According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer (both small cell and non-small cell) is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer). Lung cancer accounts for about 14% of all new cancers. It is estimated in the United States in 2013:
- About 228,190 new cases of lung cancer
- An estimated 159,480 death from lung cancer, accounting for approximately 27% of all cancer deaths
Early Detection Screenings
Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U. S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer is the only one not subject to routine screening. Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we now have confirmation that Low Dose CT (LDCT) lung screening can save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer. Providence Hospital is now offering low-dose CT (LDCT) chest screenings to individuals that meet the established high-risk criteria. Please call (281) 453-7110 to find out if you qualify!
Lung Cancer Risks
Smoking is the biggest risk factor associated with lung cancer. It is reported that approximately 90% of lung cancers are a result of smoking. Other risk factors include second hand smoke exposure, radon exposure, a family history of lung cancer, exposure to asbestos or other chemicals, and scarring resulting from chronic lung infections.
Symptoms of Lung Cancer
Many lung cancers don’t present symptoms until they are in the later stages and are too far spread to be cured. Symptoms, do however, occur in some people with early stage lung cancer. If you visit your physician when you first notice symptoms, treatment is more likely to be effective. The American Cancer Society states that lung cancer symptoms can include:
- Persistent cough or one that gets worse
- Chest pain present when laughing, coughing, or breathing deeply
- Coughing up blood or rust-colored spit or phlegm
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling tired or weak
- New onset of wheezing
- Weight loss
The best way to reduce your risk of lung cancer is not to smoke and to avoid any second hand smoke (breathing in other people’s smoke). If you stop smoking before your cancer develops, your damaged lung tissue can begin to repair itself. Regardless of the age you quit smoking or length of time you have smoked, quitting reduces your risk and helps you live longer. Other things you can do to reduce your risk include:
- Reducing your exposure to radon
- Avoid exposure to cancer-causing chemicals
- Maintaining a healthy diet
Early Detection – Get Tested Today!
The Providence Hospital Lung Cancer Screening Program assists those who are at a higher risk for lung cancer receive a diagnosis and pursue treatment early in their disease, when the percentage to cure is at its highest. The program includes:
- Annual low-dose CT scans
- Consultations with health care providers including a radiologist, pulmonologist and cardio thoracic surgeon as needed
- Tobacco cessation program
In a recent study funded by the National Cancer Institute, those who received low dose CT scans demonstrated a 20% reduction in death from lung cancer compared to those who just received chest xrays. LDCT lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. Qualification Criteria
- You are between 55 and 74 years old
- Must have a pack a day for 30 years smoking history (example – 1 pack per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years)
- Must have been active or quit smoking within the last 15 years
More on Lung Screenings
Lung Cancer is curable if found early. Get screened today! To schedule an appointment, call (281) 453-7110.