Lung Cancer Screenings
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death but early detection is key to helping patients live longer, healthier lives. CT screenings have proven to reduce lung cancer deaths by up to 20%.
Screenings are available to patients who meet the following criteria:
- Age 55 – 77
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (which means, on average, you’ve smoked one pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years).
- Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
- No history of lung cancer
- No signs or symptoms of lung cancer (unexplained weight loss, coughing up blood)
Ask your provider or call SOMC Lung Health Navigator Jenny Woodyard at 740-356-LUNG (5864), or ext. 5864 for more information.
Asthma causes swelling and narrowing of the airways in your lungs. Medical experts are not exactly sure what causes asthma. It is believed to be caused by a mix of inherited and environmental factors.
COPD / Emphysema
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It means the airways in your lungs are blocked (obstructed). Because of this, it is hard to breathe. You may have trouble with daily activities because of shortness of breath.