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Lung Cancer Awareness 

 

John Janowski was on vacation when he noticed two lumps on the side of his neck. He came home early to have it checked it out.

At Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, John underwent a biopsy and was diagnosed with cancer in the lymph nodes and on the back of his tongue. Later, John was also diagnosed with lung cancer. After a radical neck dissection, which removed most of the cancer, John went through 37 radiation treatments followed by three months of chemotherapy.

“I knew I was in good hands at Baylor Plano,” he says. “The staff has this huge professionalism, this great passion for what they are doing. You can feel that in every aspect within the Baylor system.” John has been cancer free for over four years. “Baylor Plano helped me fight and WIN against stage IV throat and lung cancer,” says John.

November marks National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, designed to increase awareness of lung cancer issues. According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, lung cancer kills more people each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreas cancers combined. While smoking can lead to lung cancer, more than 60 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or quit smoking decades prior to their diagnosis.

Lung Cancer Facts

According to the Lung Cancer Alliance:

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in every ethnic group.
  • Lung cancer is the second leading cause of all deaths in the United States.
  • There were an estimated 157,300 lung cancer related deaths in 2010.
  • Lung cancer kills nearly 200 women each day.
  • The survival rate for those with lung cancer between 1999 and 2006 was 15.8 percent.
  • The low survival rate for lung cancer is due to few cases being diagnosed at early stages when cancer is most curable. 56 percent of lung cancers are diagnosed when the cancer has already metastasized to other sites.

People who are at high risk for lung cancer can take advantage of a new lung cancer screening program now offered at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, more than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers – combined. A study conducted by the National Cancer Institute proved that screening people at high risk of lung cancer with low-dose CT scans reduced mortality from lung cancer by 20 percent. This study estimates that early detection and treatment of lung cancer could save more than 70,000 lives a year.

Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Plano's lung cancer screening program offers those at high risk of lung cancer the opportunity to screen and diagnose lung cancer before symptoms develop through use of a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan.

To schedule a low-dose CT scan, call 469.814.4417.