During Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we urge smokers and their loved ones to remember early detection is a key part of lung cancer survivorship.
The Centers for Disease Control lists smoking as the cause for 80 to 90 percent of cases of lung cancer. Sadly, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women.
There are resources available to help you along the way. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center offers help with finding a physician, scheduling a screening test, participating in a tobacco cessation program and much more. If you’re trying to quit smoking, the National Cancer Institute has a confidential live-chat option for help with questions about quitting.
If surgery is necessary, Saddleback Memorial’s thoracic surgeons specialize in treatment options for lung cancer patients. And, according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, it is possible to remove one or a portion of one lung and not impede quality of life. However, damage to lungs due to smoking affects this outcome.
Need some ideas to share with your friends and family? How about suggesting our Tobacco Cessation program or a visit to NCI LiveHelp! We thank you for making the effort you to quit smoking and encouraging others to do the same.
This fight against lung cancer starts with you. Learn about the risk factors, screening tools, and ways to prevent occupational or environmental exposure. We can also help the next generation by educating our children about the risks of smoking.
Remember, there are resources and specialists who want to help with this journey.