Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women and the leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. Lung cancer accounts for about 14% of all cancer diagnoses and 28% of cancer deaths. Though lung cancer affects non-smokers, smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer.
Despite recent advances in lung cancer care, most patients continue to be diagnosed at a late stage, making options limited and long term prognosis poor. With lung cancer, early detection increases your odds of survival.
If you are a smoker now or were in the past, consider asking your doctor whether you should undergo annual screenings for lung cancer. Research from the American Cancer Society indicates that annual CT scan screenings may be beneficial for people at high risk for lung cancer.
For more information about our program, please call our Care Coordinator, Leslie Loving, F.C.N.P., at 855-253-8127, or our Pulmonology practice, at 540-985-8505.