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Lung Cancer Screening


Lung Cancer Facts

      the most common cause of cancer deaths in both men and women

      accounts for about 13% of all new cancers

      1.6 million new cases and 1.4 million deaths per year

      1 in 13 chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime; 1 in 16 chance for a woman.  Smokers have a much higher risk.

      more people die annually of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined

      survival rates for people with lung cancer vary depending on the stage (extent) of the cancer when it is diagnosed


What are the Risk Factors for Lung Cancer?                                        

      Tobacco smoking, including secondhand smoking

      Radiation therapy to the lungs

      Personal or family history of lung cancer

      Air pollution

      Exposure to certain substances: marijuana, chemicals (e.g. arsenic and asbestos), diesel exhaust, and radon gas

      Pulmonary fibrosis


Special Notice:

Ø  World Health Organization: Air pollution causes lung cancer.

Ø  The most recent data from the Global Burden of Disease Project indicate that in 2010, 3.2 million deaths worldwide resulted from air pollution, including223,000 from lung cancer.

International Cancer Research Agency: more than half of lung cancer deaths from particulate matter (a combination of extremely small solid particles and liquid droplets that are found in the air) were in China and East Asian countries.


Screening for Lung Cancer

      Plain Chest Xray ineffective in screening for lung cancer

      According to the CDC, the only recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan, or LDCT). In this test, an x-ray machine scans the body and uses low doses of radiation to make detailed pictures of the lungs.

      American Society of Clinical Oncologists recommends annual screening for lung cancer with LDCT in high-risk individuals after careful discussion with their physicians.


If you are at high-risk for lung cancer, consult with your doctor about lung cancer screening before it is too late.

The time is NOW!



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