Written by on 11/3/2014 6:30:00 AM
We sat down with radiation oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician, Dr. Jack Wei, to discuss questions surrounding the relationship between smoking and lung cancer.
- Is there a link between lung cancer and smoking?Yes, smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer. There can be other factors, but this is the number one cause.
- Are smokers at the highest risk for lung cancer?Yes, current smokers are the highest risk. Former smokers who’ve quit within the past 15 years, are between 55-80 years of age and have a 30 pack-year history of smoking are at a very high risk, too.
- Are people who have quit smoking still at risk for lung cancer? Yes, quitters are still at risk. Their risk is lowered when they stop smoking for an extended period of time, but it’s still recommended they get a lung screening to determine the health of their lungs. continue reading ...
Written by on 5/14/2014 11:00:00 AM
On Tuesday, The American Lung Association, in partnership with CVS Caremark unveiled LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.
U.S. women still see breast cancer as a bigger killer than lung cancer, despite it being the number one cancer killer of men and women. More than 108,000 women in the will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year in the U.S. and, on average, less than half will be alive next year. Not to mention, lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the State of Indiana. continue reading ...
Written by on 2/26/2014 8:00:00 AM
Computed tomography (a.k.a. CT scan) is not new technology, but low-dose CT scans for lung screening are part of a new national recommendation for long-term smokers and even those who stopped smoking 15 years ago. A low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screening machine looks like a giant donut that you pass through. But within a few minutes the lung scan is over. No needles or punctures, and the open concept really shouldn't be a problem for anyone who is claustrophobic.
So, why get a low dose CT? continue reading ...
Written by on 2/10/2014 7:15:00 PM
Dr. Jack Wei is a radiation oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician at Community Health Network.
In light of the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General's Report on smoking and health, and the recent announcement from CVS that they will ban tobacco products from their stores by October, we asked our experts to weigh in. Are people who smoke really more likely to get lung cancer?
Who is at the highest risk for lung cancer?
"Current or former smokers are at highest risk for lung cancer development," said Dr. Jack Wei. "This risk does decrease with time after a patient quits smoking; however, the overall risk of lung cancer development never returns to the same level as someone who has never smoked. Nevertheless, it is clear that quitting smoking does significantly decrease the risk of lung cancer development."continue reading ...