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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

This year, it's estimated there will be 228,190 new cases diagnosed, and close to 160,000 people will die from this disease.

Approximately 85% of lung cancer cases in the U.S. are attributable to smoking, and a high percentage occurs in former smokers because their risk continues after they stop smoking.

In July 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening for lung cancer with Low-Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT). There is evidence that screening can reduce lung cancer and prevent deaths. Early detection and treatment of lung cancer improve chances for survival. Health damage caused by tobacco use is cumulative, so the longer a person smokes, the higher the risk of lung cancer.

LDCT screening is recommended for people ages 55-74 who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years (or the equivalent, such as two packs a day for 15 years).

Anyone interested in assessing their risk for lung cancer, may take the Genesis online survey. High risk patients should speak to their physician about a lung cancer low dose CT screening. Results of the screen will be shared with the referring doctor. As always, Genesis professionals will be available to discuss provide follow-up information and support.

Through the generosity of Gene and JoAnn Waddell, lung cancer screens will be provided at no cost to individuals, and lives will be saved.

http://www.genesisphilanthropy.org/regi ... und-1.html

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