By now, virtually everyone understands the dangers of lung cancer. Still, millions of people continue to smoke one, two, or more packs of cigarettes every day. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is around 15%, making it one of the deadliest cancers. That’s why West Hills Hospital & Medical Center recommends that the following people consider lung cancer screenings :
Some experts estimate that smoking tobacco is the main cause in as many as 90% of all lung cancer cases. Years of breathing in tar and other toxins can take its toll on smokers, and eventually lead to the development of lung cancer. If you smoke, don’t wait until you start experiencing symptoms to go in for a lung screening—a timely lung cancer screening could save your life.
It can take the lungs a long time to recover from an addition to cigarettes. Even if you quit smoking, you could still be at risk of developing lung cancer. The American Lung Association says that individuals with a smoking history of 30 pack-years, or the equivalent of one pack a day for 30 years, are the most at risk. After adding the number of packs you’ve smoked in your life, ask your doctor if you should consider a lung cancer screening.
Individuals Over 55
Individuals between the ages of 55 and 74 are the most at risk of developing lung cancer. Even if you have smoked very little in your life, or not at all, you should consider a lung cancer screening. Though smoking is by far the most common cause of lung cancer, other causes include second-hand smoke, radon gas inhalation, and asbestos inhalation. You might also consider a screening if you have a family history of lung cancer.
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers cancer screening and treatment to residents in West Hills and throughout the Los Angeles area. Call (818) 676-4000 or our Consult-A-Nurse hotline to learn more about how you could benefit from our cancer care services.