Thomaston Woman Shares Her Story with Lung Cancer in Hopes of Encouraging Others to Get Screened
(February 17, 2016) -
Susan Trojanoski felt sick with what she believed was her annual case of bronchitis. So, when she went to see her physician to get her medicine, she didn’t think it would be anything different than her previous trips to the doctor. However, when the doctor suspected something different, Susan’s diagnosis would be more than just a cold. Trojanoski was diagnosed with lung cancer in March 2013. Now, she’s hoping her story will encourage others to push for CT-scans if they have concerns.
Trojanoski is joining millions of others by participating in LUNG FORCE, led by the American Lung Association to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health. As the number one cancer killer of women, lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer. Yet, according to the American Lung Association's 2nd Annual Women's Lung Health Barometer — a survey of over 1,000 American adult women that measures women's awareness, knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer — this disease is not even on women's radar. In fact, when asked to identify cancers that affect women, only 1 percent of women cited lung cancer on a top-of-mind basis.
Doctors removed a cancerous tumor from Susan’s lungs. During the surgery doctors wanted to remove what they thought to be a noncancerous tumor, but were unable to locate it and did not want to disturb any healthy tissue. However, a year to the date after her first surgery, what doctors believed to be the tumor they were unable to locate in the original surgery returned and this time it was cancerous. Susan had to have the lower left lobe of her lung removed. “It took a lot out of me; I’m tired quite often now. It’s also always in the back of my mind what if the cancer spreads somewhere else,” Trojanoski said. For Susan, her diagnosis was unexpected, but she is grateful her doctors pushed her to get a CT-scan, the cancer may not have been caught in time and could have been found later than Stage 1. “My mother died from lung cancer and I just assumed that I would die from it too, that scan saved my life,” Trojanoski said.
Susan wants others who might be concerned about their health or who may have been a smoker to consider getting a CT-scan or talk to their doctor about if screening is right for them. To find about more about LUNG FORCE go to www.lungforce.org.