CASPER, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) – According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and staff at Wyoming Medical Center encourage preventative care.
“The worst thing we can do is stay away from the doctor’s office for too long, come back and catch something much later in the course when we could have caught it earlier with a better prognosis. So keep track of your annual updates, ”said Dr Andy Dunn, head of primary care at WMC.
Early detection is essential in the fight against cancer. People over 55, current smokers, former smokers who quit in the past 15 years, those who have smoked one pack per day for 20 years, and those who have taken two packs per day for 10 years are eligible screening. However, lung cancer is not specific to smoking. Almost 20 percent of people who die from lung cancer have never used tobacco.
Several factors can also increase your risk. This includes genetic mutations, family history, and environmental factors such as pollution and secondhand smoke. Authorities recommend that you find out if this is a problem you or a loved one may be facing.
“Advocacy is of the utmost importance. Supporting your loved ones, supporting your friends through a process like this is very important. It is also very important to support those who need to be examined for this, ”said Dr Dunn.
Lung cancer accounts for about a quarter of cancer deaths.
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