Lung Cancer Awareness Month
November is lung cancer awareness month. Lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths regardless of gender or ethnicity. Currently there are guidelines for lung cancer screening for those at risk. Current and former tobacco use is the greatest risk factor. Early detection can lead to timely treatment and improved outcomes and can reduce lung cancer mortality by 20%. You should have a low dose lung cancer screening CT scan if you are between the ages of 55 and 77 AND you have smoked at least 30 pack years of cigarettes (one pack per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years) AND you are a current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss screening and get your CT ordered.