You can't see lung cancer. But we can.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, killing approximately 143,000 Americans each year. Most patients present with symptoms when it is too late. The good news is you can increase your survival with early detection.
The USPSTF 2021 recommendation for annual screening of lung cancer meeting criteria has now changed to now include adults aged 50-80, who have a 20-pack-year history and currently smoke or who have quit within the last 15 years.
Screening means that a test is done to look for a disease, in persons at risk for developing the disease, before the disease causes symptoms. The goal of screening is to reduce the number of people who die from lung cancer by detecting the disease earlier.
Local state-of-the-art work-up right in Indiana, PA
• Navigational bronchoscopy (coming soon!) and endobronchial ultrasound alleviating the need for surgical intervention requiring diagnosis.
• Use of the most advanced technologies like Percepta Genomic Sequencing Classifier to assess risk of lung cancer.
• Consultation with lung specialist.
• Smoking cessation program.
Tobacco cessation program
Have you attempted to quit smoking only to fail and begin again? You are not alone. Quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done. Most successful quitters have tried multiple times before they achieved their goal. Consider your prior attempts as practice, not failures. Step back and figure out what didn’t work in the past. You can make it work this time by changing your approach, using new skills and gaining a sense of confidence from being prepared and in control. There’s no question that quitting can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible.
IRMC's Smoke Free for Life program is for adults interested in quitting. The program consists of 8 weekly sessions. Participants will explore every aspect of their tobacco and nicotine use, including the habit and addiction, a comparison of quit methods, developing a quit plan, stress control, fitness/good nutrition, and staying quit.