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Each Week in October, Lung Institute’s Medical Staff is Giving FREE Pulmonary Health Advice in Honor of Healthy Lung Month
Tampa, Fla. (October 29, 2013) – On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers, and cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States. Because of this reality, and in support of Healthy Lung Month, the Lung Institute is asking the public to put down cigarettes for good and to get screened for lung cancer.
When people think of getting screened for lung cancer, they think of x-ray machines and sputum tests. However, contrary to popular belief, these methods are not the only ways to test for cancer. According to the American Lung Association, an effective method of identifying lung cancer is the low dose computed tomography (CT) scan.
However, not everyone is a candidate for the CT scan screening for lung cancer, and there are some risks. Read these qualifying factors below to learn who is likely a candidate for this specialized test.
- Candidates must be a current or former smoker
- Must fall between the ages of 55 and 74
- And they must have a smoking history of at least 30-pack years (One a pack a day for 30 years or the equivalent)
People that fit within the criteria above are at the highest risk for developing lung disease, and they should visit their doctor to discuss further screening options. For people that are current smokers, but do not fit the criteria, prevention starts with quitting. Visit our website at LungInstitute.com to learn more tips to quit smoking. By sharing this information with a smoker, another life could be saved.
About Lung Institute
The Lung Institute is a leading medical provider of regenerative cellular therapy for lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. Founded in 2013 in Tampa, Fla., the Lung Institute currently has clinics in Tampa, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Scottsdale, Ariz., Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.lunginstitute.com or call (800) 729-3065.