Just 2 percent of the people who qualify for lung cancer screening are enrolled in a screening program, which is designed to find cancers at an early stage, when they are most treatable, says Dr. Leslie Kohman. She is a distinguished service professor of surgery at the Upstate Cancer Center with extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment and research of lung cancer.
With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Kohman outlines who should consider the no-cost screening: smokers or former smokers between the ages of 55 and 79. Eight out of 10 cancers that are discovered early can be treated successfully with surgery.
Kohman encourages smokers and former smokers to speak to their doctors about getting screened.
Also on this week’s show: information about this year’s flu season, plus providing care to people living on the streets or in shelters.
Tune in this Sunday, October 28 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for "HealthLink on Air."