Lung cancer is still the top cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S. The disease is expected to take almost 160,000 lives in 2019 — about 27% of all cancer deaths in the United States, according to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America. The American Lung Association puts it another way: lung cancer kills 391 people every day -- about 16 people every hour.
As with any cancer, early detection is key, and lung cancer is notorious for presenting symptoms that are often confused with a less dire issue. Any new, persistent lung symptoms such as a cough, chest pain that’s worse with deep breathing or even laughing, shortness of breath, wheezing with ANY exposure to smoking, should send you for a checkup sooner rather than later.
For patients, Deborah offers more good news: Dr. Costic is now performing minimally-invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), to biopsy and remove lung cancer tumors as one of the treatment modalities in its Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Clinic Program.
Go to DemandDeborah.org to see if you qualify for a Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening.