EUGENE, Ore. – Doctors with the Community Cancer Center in Roseburg are speaking out about lung cancer.
Dr. Randy Moore said the death rate for lung cancer is higher than the death rate for prostate, colon and breast cancers combined.
Fewer people are smoking now -- 15% today, down from 25% in the early 1990s.
For people who have smoked at least one pack a day for thirty years, it’s important to talk to your doctor about whether you should be screened for lung cancer because the cancer typically doesn’t have symptoms until it’s advanced. Early detection is important.
“Early detection is for those patients who are high risk, those who have higher use of tobacco for extended period of time… The earlier cure rates can be anywhere from 70 to 90 percent,” Moore said.
The best way to reduce your risk is to stop smoking. The Community Cancer Center has a free smoking cessation program once a week. They also offer a FreshStart program that kicks off in January. For more information, click here.
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