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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.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know, lung cancer takes more lives than colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined? Often labeled as the smoker’s disease, you may be surprised to know that 80 percent of new lung cancer cases are former and never smokers. Due to lung cancer’s stigma, many mistakenly assume that the only people at risk are those who smoke - which may in part be the reason only 17 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed early, when the disease is most curable. As November brings Lung Cancer Awareness into focus, we want to help increase awareness of this disease and provide some risk factors you should know:

Women’s Health - Cancer Screenings at Every Age

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America, however there are ways to prevent it as well as ways to detect it early. While the below are general guidelines for cancer screenings - if you do notice something abnormal, don’t wait. Until then, here are some important tests that should happen at every major birthday, all focused on cancer prevention and screening.

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer CT Screening

As of February 5th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final national coverage determination granting certain Medicare beneficiaries coverage for lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans.