2014: Your Year to Quit Smoking

 

A research study published by the Journal of Clinical Psychology cited that quittingsmoking often ranks among the top ten New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent of those surveyed achieve their annual goals. Whether you’ve attempted to quit smoking in the past or are making this resolution for the first time, these steps can help […]

 

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Do You Need a Cancer Screening?

 

The purpose of cancer screening is to find the disease at an early stage, before symptoms appear, making the chances for successful treatment greater. Potential screening methods vary by disease but can include physical examinations, laboratory tests, medical imaging procedures and genetic testing. While screenings can be helpful in diagnosing cancer early, patients should be […]

 

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Austin CyberKnife Highlights Steps To Reduce Risk of Lung Cancer Diagnosis

 

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Austin CyberKnife is offering tips on reducing the risk of one of its most frequently treated diseases. The center treats lung cancer patients with a procedure called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using CyberKnife®technology.

Dr. Doug Rivera, Austin CyberKnife medical director, offers the following tips to reducing the risk of developing lung cancer and supporting the fight against the disease.

  • Reduce exposure to cigarette smoke. Smokers who quit can cut their risk of cancer in half within five years according to the American Cancer Society. This can also reduce the risk of a smoker’s loved ones developing cancer through secondhand smoke. The American Cancer Society estimates 3,400 nonsmoking adults die of lung cancer annually as a result of breathing secondhand smoke.

 

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

 

Lung Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated each November to raise awareness for the second most common cancer in both men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates 15,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in Texas this year. Below are a few ways to support the fight against lung cancer: Get Screened. Early […]

 

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends CT Lung Cancer Screening

 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released a recommendation in favor of CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers. Though still pending finalization, the recommendation applies to current and heavy smokers between 55 and 79 and could be a huge step in diagnosing high-risk patients sooner. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is […]

 

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Blog for a Cure: Influential Lung Cancer Blogs

 

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. For diagnosed lung cancer patients and families seeking insight and support, connecting with other patients and their loved ones can often be a valuable resource. Below are a few influential bloggers who have used their blog to become a voice for the […]

 

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Spotlight On: American Lung Association

 

The American Lung Association (ALA) is a national organization dedicated to preventing lung disease and improving lung health through education, advocacy and research. The ALA’s mission is “to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.” The organization works to combat tobacco use, improve air quality to prevent lung disease and provide aid […]

 

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