Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer), and is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women.
Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. However, early detection can lower the risk of dying from this disease.
In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center is launching a new screening program. Dr. Ravi Patel, Medical Director at CBCC, stated that while smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, there are other risk factors as well.
"It can be exposure to chemicals or elements in our community such as pesticides, inhaled chemicals, or asbestos which put you at risk for developing chest cancers; there can also be familial history and genetic dispositions," said Dr. Patel.
The new lung cancer screening program at CBCC will be offered free of charge through the month of November and is recommended for high risk groups such as those aged 55 to 75 who frequently smoke.
To find out if you are at risk or to schedule a screening, visit www.dignityhealth.org/lung or call CBCC at 661-322-2206 for more information. To learn more about lung cancer and screening services at CBCC visit http://www.cbccusa.com/services/cancer-screenings.