Are you or someone you know a smoker? Have you given any thought as to how smoking impacts your life or the lives of those you love?
This week the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout – an event that challenges people to stop using tobacco products – took place, and we encourage all smokers and tobacco-product users to take the step towards quitting for the sake of their health.
Despite all of the known risks and consequences of using tobacco products, it’s hard to quit tobacco.
By continuing to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking, we hope to prevent premature deaths and diseases, like lung cancer, while also promoting a healthier community.
Are you at risk for developing lung cancer?
Early detection through a lung cancer CT screening exam could help save your life. Ask yourself:
- Are you currently between the ages of 55 and 77 years old? [YES | NO]
- Are you a current smoker or a previous smoker who has quit within the past 15 years? [YES | NO]
- Do you smoke, or have you smoked at least one pack a day for at least 30 years? [YES | NO]
- Do you currently have any of the following symptoms? [YES | NO]
- New or changing cough
- Shortness of breath that you’ve never felt before
- Coughing up blood
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chest pain
If your answers match those marked above, you are likely to qualify and benefit from a low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening. At WakeMed, we offer high quality CT lung cancer screening and other surgical options related to lung health from board certified doctors and other trained specialists.
Talk to Your Primary Care Doctor First
Learn whether you qualify for a CT lung cancer screening by first speaking with your primary care physician about the risks and benefits of this valuable screening tool. If you do not have a primary care physician, find a WakeMed primary care physician located near you.
- Smoking and Your Heart Health
- Keeping Your Kids Tobacco Free
- Lung Cancer Fact Sheet
- Benefits of Quitting Smoking Over Time
- Helping a Smoker Quit: Do’s & Don’ts