• Who Should Consider Lung Cancer Screening?

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    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 :

    Current Smokers
    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.

    Former Smokers
    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.

  • Using Social Media to Stay Smoke Free

    Studies show that women have a much easier time quitting smoking when they have plenty of social support. Unfortunately, work, child care, and other obligations can make it difficult to seek help.

    This video discusses the National Cancer Institute’s Facebook support group for women trying to quit smoking. During times of weakness, women can go online and find all kinds of support in the form of discussions, videos, and encouraging messages. Since this all happens online, women don’t need to worry about organizing child care or transportation to find support.

    For more help quitting smoking, call West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000. We offer emergency care and general wellness services for patients throughout West Hills and the Los Angeles area.