Thursday, November 6, 2014

National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and AMI is focused on educating patients on the importance of prevention and early detection.  Lung cancer is responsible for 1 out of every 3 cancer deaths and is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and women. While heavy smokers are at the greatest risk for the disease, 60% of lung cancer patients are individuals who never smoked or who quit decades ago. Only 16% of lung cancers are diagnosed at their earliest, most curable stages. If caught early, patients can increase their treatment options while improving their outcomes and survival rate.

A new low dose CT lung screening exam is now being offered at Atlantic Medical Imaging. Recent studies have shown that screening current and former heavy smokers reduced their risk of dying from lung cancer by 20%.

The low dose CT lung screening exam is for patients 55-74 who have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or at least two packs of cigarettes a day for 15 years. In addition, patients 50-74 who have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years and with risk factors such as asbestos exposure or a family history of lung cancer are eligible.  Patients will need a script from their healthcare provider indicating LOW DOSE CT LUNG SCREENING.

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