New Hanover Regional Hospital offers lung cancer screening


If you’ve been smoking cigarettes, the No. 1 lung cancer risk factor, for a long time, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center offers a quick and painless screening that can save your life.

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in the United States. It is also the leading cause of death from cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“If lung cancer is detected earlier, there are more treatment options and better patient outcomes,” said Kim Sink of NHRMC Health and Diagnostics. “Screening for high-risk patients is the best way to diagnose lung cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage.”

Smoking is one of the greatest risk factors for lung cancer.

Sink said you should get screened for lung cancer if you are between the ages of 55 and 77, are a smoker, or have quit in the past 15 years and have a smoking history of at least 30 pack years, which means you have one pack per day smoked. for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years.

The screening is not a one-off proposition.

“Screening high-risk individuals annually will help diagnose and treat lung cancer at an early stage,” said Sink.

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