Ninety percent of lung cancers are caused by smoking, making it the largest risk factor for developing the disease. Someone who has smoked for 30 to 40 years is 20 to 40 times more likely to develop lung cancer. Ten percent of lung cancers occur in people who have never smoked.
Our lung cancer risk profiler calculates risk factors in patients who smoke or have smoked and those who do not and also recommends lung screenings for those who would benefit.
The early detection of lung disease and lung cancer is critical in determining appropriate treatment. Saint Peter's University Hospital provides low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screening for those who are at high risk for lung disease.
This screening is available if you are a smoker or former smoker between the ages of 55 and 74 years old with a 30-pack-a-year history of smoking - 1 pack/day for 30 years or 2 pack/day for 15 years - or a current smoker or previous smoker who has quit during the past 15 years or has no previous diagnosis of lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, excluding skin cancer, accounting for 14 percent of all new cancers and making it the leading cause of cancer-related death among men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
For more information, questions or to participate in our healthy lung screening program contact Nancy Pingitore, RN, patient navigator, at 732-339-7747.
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