November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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GREENSBURG – November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and in conjunction with that Decatur County Memorial Hospital is now offering lung screenings for $25.

The noninvasive, painless screenings are a Low-Dose Computed Tomography (CT) scan for individuals with a significant history of tobacco use.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among both men and women. A majority of lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoking and usually not detected until symptoms develop. By that time, the disease is often more advanced, making a cure much less likely.

Low-dose CT scans provide earlier detection, when lung cancer is most treatable and curable.

The National Lung Screen Trial (NLST) findings reveal that those who receive low-dose CT scans had a 15 to 20 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than those that received standard chest X-rays.

What are your risks?

You are considered high risk if you are:

• A current or former smoker age 55 to 77 AND you have a 30 pack per year history

• Older than 50 with a 20+ pack per year history plus:

o Radon or occupational carcinogen exposure (asbestos, arsenic, diesel fumes, etc.)

o Family history of lung cancer

o COPD or pulmonary fibrosis

o Personal history of cancer or lymphoma

Discuss your medical history, the risks of screening and benefits with your physician.

What You Can Do

• If you are a smoker, stop smoking!

• Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke

• Make your home and work environment smoke-free.

• Test your home for radon.

• Be aware of industrial compounds.

“There is nothing more important than knowing the health of your lungs. The more risk factors you have, the greater your need for a screening,” says Dr. Robert Hasson, DCMH Radiologist.

For more information about the $25 DCMH lung screening, call 812-663-1157.

Information provided by DCMH

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