Lung Cancer Day is August 1st – Time to Schedule Your Screening!
World Lung Cancer Day is August 1, 2022. The goal of creating World Lung Cancer Day is to raise awareness of the disease and encourage people to begin early screening. Early screening is the best way to prevent and treat lung cancer.
Did you know that lung cancer is responsible for 25 percent of all cancer deaths? According to the World Health Organization, more people die of lung cancer every year than colon, breast, and liver cancers combined! In 2020, 2.21 million patients received a diagnosis of lung cancer and 1.8 million people died from this deadly cancer.
While these statistics are cause for alarm, there is good news. Lung cancer rates are dropping due to tobacco cessation efforts and awareness. Improvements in screening technology have also reduced lung cancer deaths.
To reduce lung cancer in our society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following actions:
- Educating the public regarding lung cancer risk factors
- Reducing access to tobacco products and e-cigarettes for minors
- Helping people quit using tobacco products and avoiding secondhand smoke
- Reducing exposure to radon
- Encouraging early lung cancer screenings
Lung Cancer Screenings
Early screening is one of the best ways to diagnose and detect lung cancer before it has a chance to spread. If lung cancer is detected in its early stages, doctors have a better chance of successfully treating it.
The American Cancer Society recommends that all current and former smokers and anyone over the age of 55 undergo routine lung cancer screening. Since lung cancer is more prevalent in men, this screening is especially important for all men with a history of smoking.
One of the most common tests used to screen for lung cancer is a chest x-ray. This test can often detect tumors that are too small to be seen on a regular x-ray. At ImageCare Radiology, we offer low-dose X-rays that minimize damage to lung tissue.
However, one of the best screening tests to check for the presence of lung cancer is a low-dose CT scan. A chest CT scan can provide more detailed images of the lungs and is often used when a chest x-ray is inconclusive. At ImageCare Radiology, we also offer low-dose CT lung screenings to check for lung cancer before it has a chance to spread. Even better, we offer these tests at a rate that is often cheaper than hospitals and other centers.
Lung cancer screening is an important tool in the fight against this disease. By getting regular screenings, you can increase your chances of catching lung cancer early, when it is most treatable. Talk to your doctor about which screening option is right for you.
Schedule Your Radiology Screening Today
At ImageCare Radiology, we can perform a wide range of imaging tests to help doctors diagnose, evaluate, and treat lung cancer. From the moment you step into our offices, you’ll be treated with care and respect. Here, you aren’t just a file number. We work with most major insurance providers. Please let us know what tests you need, and we can help you! Give us a call today at 973-871-3333 to schedule an appointment, or complete our convenient online appointment request form.