Nov 20, 2018

Lung Cancer Awareness

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women—it does not discriminate. It often has no symptoms until it has already metastasized, and its symptoms are often representative of several other common illnesses, which makes it difficult to catch.

Lung cancer screening is recommended for a high-risk population of people. If you meet the following criteria, you are at the highest risk:

  • You are between the ages of 55-80
  • You have a 30 pack-year smoking history
  • You are a current smoker or quit within the past 15 years

Smoking is the cause of 80%-90% of lung cancer in the U.S. An individual’s risk continues to increase with the number of years and packs per day they smoked. To reduce your risk, don’t start smoking; if you’re currently a smoker, quit.

Although smoking is a major risk factor for lung cancer, there are additional environment risk factors that can lead to lung cancer, such as:

  • Radon
  • Asbestos
  • Regular exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Beta carotene
  • Health-related issues such as COPD
  • Family history

Screening is crucial for early detection when it is the most treatable and curable. The 5-year survival rate for lung cancer has a dramatic decrease from a stage I diagnosis (68%-92% survival) to a stage IV diagnosis (0%-10% survival). Medicare and most insurance plans will cover individuals eligible for a low-dose CT scan.

To find your screening center, visit: https://lungcanceralliance.org/risk-early-detection/screening-centers/

NAVICOR is dedicated to the mission of turning brands into products and supporting those that turn patients into survivors.

Scarlett Herbert

Account Coordinator and Social Media Specialist, NAVICOR, part of the Syneos Health network

Scarlett brings her social media skills to accurately and efficiently communicate NAVICOR’s core messages to the community.

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