Many Virginia residents may be unaware that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of men and women in the U.S., accounting for about 1 in 4 cancer deaths.
It’s estimated that in 2018 alone, there will be more than 5,860 people in Virginia diagnosed with lung cancer and 3,780 will succumb to the deadly disease. One reason lung cancer is so deadly is that it is often diagnosed in later stages, after the disease has already spread.
Lung cancer screening is a new method of early detection that is a powerful tool to save lives. That’s what makes this newly available screening such a gamechanger – if we can catch the disease earlier, we can save lives.
No one deserves lung cancer, and awareness about lung cancer and the availability of screening for those at high risk can help catch the disease in its early stages, when survival rates are significantly higher. I am joining the American Lung Association to ask former smokers to take a lung cancer screening eligibility quiz at SavedByTheScan.org. It just might save a life.
Robert Leek, State Chair
American Lung Association in Virginia