On Saturday, July 27, Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) is offering free lung cancer screenings for high-risk individuals. The screenings will be held in the BBC outpatient center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
High-risk means individuals are:
· current smokers
· smokers who quit within the last 15 years
· people exposed to secondhand smoke
· people with a family history of lung cancer
· those exposed to radon, asbestos, and other metals
Lung cancer is the most common cause of death worldwide. Last year there were nearly 220,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in the U.S.; 160,000 of those resulted in deaths. By contrast, there were about 118,000 deaths from colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
According to U.S. National Institutes of Health, the lung cancer five-year survival rate is 16.3 percent. That is lower than many other leading cancers, such as the colon (65.2%), breast (90.0%) and prostate (99.9%).
When the disease is detected early and it is still localized (within the lungs), the five-year survival rate for lung cancer goes up to 52.6 percent. However, only 15 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage.
If you are at high-risk, you can register for these free screenings by calling the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center referral coordinator at (269) 245-8390 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Because space is limited, appointments are preferred. Walk-ins are accepted if there is space available.
In addition to this lung cancer-screening program, BBC will also offer a smoking cessation class in October.
Early detection through cancer screenings can save lives.