Many people make new years resolutions to live healthier lifestyles.
One thing you can do to help with that, outside of the healthier eating and exercise, is to be screened for Lung Cancer.
Lung cancer is currently the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Center for Disease Control says that cigarette smoking is the cause of 90 percent of all lung cancer cases.
The CDC says after increasing for decades, lung cancer rates are finally decreasing nationally, paralleling national decreases in cigarette smoking.
Melissa Hoag runs the Lung Clinic at the MidMichigan Medical Center in Alma. She says that getting yourself screened early can prevent invasive and costly procedures later. “When we talk about lung cancer we’re talking about 85 to 86 thousand men and almost 72 thousand women will die in the United States from lung cancer every year. Our population around here, we have a lot of people who smoke, and that is one of the leading causes of lung cancer. So we need to intervene at an early time and try to get all of our heavy smokers to stop smoking so we can decrease their risk.”
Hoag said other risk factors include secondhand smoke and exposure to harmful chemicals like radon and asbestos.
She added early symptoms of lung cancer could include a persistent cough, chest pain and coughing up blood.
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