Lung cancer is the most frequent cause of cancer death in this country and around the world. In 2014, the American Cancer Society projects 224,000 new cases of lung cancer and 159,000 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer. Lung cancer is a very serious health concern caused in large part, but not entirely, by smoking.
Francine L. Jacobson, MD, MPH of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, advises patients to stop smoking to decrease their risk of developing lung cancer. If you have stopped smoking, she advises, you still have a significant risk of developing lung cancer. In the age group 55 to 80, the risk is significant enough to warrant screening on an annual basis. The screening is currently done with a very low dose of radiation in a CT scanner. Dr. Jacobson notes that one life is saved for every 320 lung cancer screenings.
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