TRINITY — November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the Medical Center of Trinity is promoting a screening process that can detect lung cancer in its early, most-treatable stages.
“A dedicated Lung Cancer Program provides great benefit to the community through early detection and with an established goal of a reduction of mortality from cancer,” Mathew Ninan, a thoracic surgeon and an expert on the surgical treatment of lung cancer, stated in a press release. “Our team of caregivers work together to identify cancer, establish the best course of treatment and provide ongoing support throughout the cancer journey.”
The hospital’s screening program involves incidental findings and scheduled low-dose CT screening.
Incidental findings involves using innovative technologies to detect suspicious lung nodules by analyzing CT exams. Scheduled low-dose CT screening is referred through a physician, is quick and painless, requires no needles or dye and uses less radiation than traditional CT scans. According to the hospital’s press release, studies have shown screening those at high risk with low-dose CT scans before symptoms are present can find lung cancer early when it is easier to treat and more likely to be cured.
Early detection is key when it comes to cancer treatment, especially when it involves the lungs. Lung cancer has the lowest five-year survival rate, at only 18%. That figure is 90% for breast cancer, 99% for prostate cancer and 65% for colorectal cancer.
The five-year survival rate for lung cancer drops dramatically from a stage 1 diagnosis (68-92% survival) to a stage 4 diagnosis (0-10% survival).