In Florida, a yearly average of 11,943 residents are diagnosed with lung cancer, the American Lung Association states in a recent press release. Lung cancer screening is a lifesaving tool, because once symptoms appear, it may mean the cancer has spread and will be more difficult to treat.
“The toll lung cancer takes on our families, friends, and neighbors in Florida and across the nation is truly devastating,” Steven Riddle, executive director of the ALA in Florida, says in the release. “With the availability of lung cancer screening, we have the opportunity to find the disease earlier and save lives. However, to make this lifesaving opportunity a reality, we must do more to raise awareness of both lung cancer and screening.”
Here’s what you need to know:
- A low-dose CT scan is the only tool that reduces the lung cancer mortality rate for those at high risk.
- Screening is not recommended for everyone.
- See savedbythescan.org or ask your doctor to assess your risk.
- Raise awareness.
- Despite the attention to lung cancer, awareness remains low among those with high risk.
- Screening is covered by most Medicare and most health-care plans.