American Lung Association promotes screening for the month of lung cancer

During the Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the association drives screening that can save 25,000 lives

DULUTH, Minn. – In the course of November for the Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Lung Association in Duluth encourages people at risk for lung cancer to do a screening quiz. Click here to do the quiz.

To date, 137,000 Americans have done the test to learn more about their risk of lung cancer.

According to the association, lung cancer is the largest cause of cancer deaths for both women and men, with 3,980 new diagnoses in Minnesota, which are estimated in 2018 alone.

Lung cancer screening helps to diagnose the disease in the earliest stages when it can be cured most, but less than five percent of people at high risk of lung cancer are screened.

According to the Association, if the eight million eligible Americans were screened, an estimated 25,000 lives would be saved.

"Screening for the disease can make the difference, and if lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the chances of survival will improve from five years or more to 56 percent," said Robert Moffitt, spokesperson for the Lung Association. "We need to ensure that people are aware of lung cancer and risk factors and speak to their doctor if they are worried about their risk."

Screening is recommended for people between 55 and 80 years old and currently smoking or stopping in the last 15 years and smoking the equivalent of 30 "packaging years" (one pack per day for 30 years, two packs for 15 years) . , etc.).

"We want to make sure that everyone who is eligible for screening knows that it is an option and that they can access screening in their community," Moffitt said. "We are at a critical moment in addressing this disease, and we are working to spread the word about screening because it is literally life-saving for so many people."

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