Hannibal, MO -- Lung Cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year more people die from lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined. Lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths. At least 80% of lung cancer deaths are thought to be a result of smoking. The longer you smoke and the more packs a day you smoke, the greater risk.

67% of lung cancers diagnosed at Hannibal Regional Hospital were either stage III or IV which is directly affects patient outcomes and survival. Overall Stage I and II lung cancers are found at a slightly lower rate than nationally.

There is a strong trend in cancer centers across the country to screen for lung cancer using a low dose CT scan and this is the screening process used by the James E. Cary Cancer Center. Using the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines below, the cancer center can determine those who are at high risk and should be screened annually.

Criteria are as follows:
  • Age 55-79
  • More than 30 pack a year history of smoking
  • If ex-smoker, quit within the last 15 years
  • Over 50 years of age
  • 20 pack a year history of smoking
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Personal or family history of cancer
  • Radon exposure
  • Occupational exposure to asbestos, silica, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes, or nickel.

Smoking Cessation services will be offered to all interested participants who currently smoke. Cost for the screening will be $99 and due the day of the screening. Please fill out the screening questionnaire and return it to the James E. Cary Cancer Center.  For more information please contact the James E. Cary Cancer Center at 573-406-5858 or 573-406-5801.

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