American Lung Association Applauds Governor Carney for Calling Attention to Life-saving Screening
(April 16, 2019) - NEWARK, De.
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In response to Governor John Carney declaring the month of April as Lung Cancer Screening Month, American Lung Association Chief Medical Officer and Hockessin resident, Albert Rizzo MD FACP offered the following statement:
“As a proud proponent of lung cancer screening, the American Lung Association commends Governor John Carney for declaring the month of April as Lung Cancer Screening Month.
It’s a fact: lung cancer screening saves lives. Screening is key to early detection of lung cancer – when more treatment options are available, and the chances of survival are higher. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both women and men, so lung cancer screening can save thousands of lives.
In 2017, the American Lung Association launched its Saved by the Scan campaign in partnership with the Ad Council to promote lung cancer screening and help save lives.
Screening is recommended for anyone age 55-80 who is a current smoker or quit smoking in the last 15 years and smoked the equivalent of 30 “pack years” (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs for 15 years, or any combination of years and packs that equals 30). Anyone fitting these criteria could be eligible for a screening and should speak to their doctor.
Delaware is leading the way to help those at high risk of lung cancer to get screened to find lung cancer earlier and potentially save their lives.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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