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Published on June 23, 2016

Lung Cancer Screening

Potential lung cancer screening patient

Potential lung cancer screening patientLung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. And, between 80 and 90% of lung cancers are caused by smoking. Unfortunately, the majority of today's smokers had their first cigarettes before they were 18 years old. People who begin smoking at an early age are more likely to develop a severe addiction to nicotine than those who start at a later age.

Keeping children and teenagers from smoking is critical. The American Cancer Society provides these tips to prevent kids from smoking:

  • Tell your children honestly and directly that you don't want them to smoke cigarettes. Give them clear, consistent messages about the risks of smoking.
  • Start talking to your kids about smoking when they are 5 or 6 years old and continue through their high school years. Many kids start smoking at age 11 and some are addicted by age 14. Explain the health dangers of smoking, as well as the unpleasant physical aspects (such as bad breath, discolored teeth and nails).
  • Set a good example for your kids by not smoking. Parents who smoke are more likely to have children who smoke.
  • If you're a parent who smokes, the best thing you can do is to quit. Talk to your kids about how difficult it is to quit smoking and how much easier it would have been if you'd never started smoking in the first place. In the meantime, don’t smoke around your kids, and don’t ever let them have any of your cigarettes.
  • Establish a smoke-free policy in your home. Don't allow anyone to smoke indoors at any time.
  • Make sure that the events your children attend are smoke free.
  • Find out if your children have any friends who smoke. Talk with your kids about ways to refuse a cigarette.
  • If you catch your teen smoking, avoid threats and ultimatums. Ask a few questions and find out why your child is smoking; he or she may want to be accepted by a peer group or want your attention. Talk about what changes can be made in your teen’s life to help him or her stop smoking.

PIH Health offers a lung cancer screening exam that helps identify cancer before the patient starts to experience symptoms, which could benefit long-time smokers. If you are 55 to 80 years old, have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for over 30 years, are a current smoker or have quit in the last 15 years, a new lung cancer screening procedure can help catch cancer early, when it is most treatable. According to Daniel Saket MD, a diagnostic radiologist at PIH Health Hospital – Whittier, studies have indicated that annual exams using low-dose computed tomography can help reduce the risk of lung cancer death by 20%.

For more information about lung cancer screening, please contact 562.967.2892. And for information about smoking cessation classes, call 562.698.0811 Ext. 12549.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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