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20 Minutes After You Quit Smoking, Your Body Starts Changing

Our bodies are incredibly adaptive and able to repair themselves in less time than you think. From minutes to years after quitting, this is how your body will respond.

The 4 Main Tests Used to Diagnose Lung Cancer

Before you can treat lung cancer, you have to understand it — that’s where digital imaging comes in.

The Unusual Signs of Advanced Lung Cancer

Because lung cancer typically presents without any symptoms, it’s incredibly difficult to catch in the early stages without a screening. In fact, many stage one lung cancers are found after a patient requests a chest x-ray for other, unrelated reasons.

How are COPD and Lung Cancer Connected?

While they’re two very distinct diseases, research shows that COPD and lung cancer are more closely related than we previously thought.

Is Any Form of Smoking Safe?

When it was first revealed in the 1950s that smoking cigarettes caused lung cancer, as well as an array of many other health problems, tobacco manufacturers were quick to develop cigarette “alternatives.” Today, you can find find chewing tobacco, herbal cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes in nearly every bodega in the country. But are any of these really a good alternative to smoking? No.

5 Lung Cancer Myths

To continue raising awareness this Cancer Prevention Month, we wanted to share some common myths about lung cancer and lung cancer screening.

Lung Cancer in Non Smokers

Rarely do healthy, nonsmokers think they can even get lung cancer, but unfortunately it is more common than you may think. Every year, it is estimated that as much as 20% of lung cancer diagnoses are seen in patients that have never smoked.

Myth vs. Fact: Cigarettes

Everyone has heard a friend say, “I only smoke when I go out, it’s not like that little bit will hurt me” or “It hasn’t killed me yet, so why stop now.” Unfortunately, myths about smoking spread like a disease, filling people with false and misguided information. Fortunately, groups like the American Cancer Society and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) work to dispel these rumors in the hopes of a cancer free future.

New Immunotherapy Treatments for Lung Cancer

For years, cancer treatment has been categorized into three options - radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery, but it looks like a fourth may have just been added. Immunotherapy has been studied since the early 1900’s but is now finally a realistic treatment option for those diagnosed with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer, thanks to Keytruda, the first immunotherapy drug of its kind approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Reasons to Get a CT Lung Screening

Screening for lung cancer, before any symptoms are present, can help find the cancer at an early stage. View our infographic to learn more and see if you are a candidate for lung cancer screening.