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Why Your Pack Years Matter

First thing’s first: what are your “pack years?” Pack years are a way of calculating lung cancer risk based on how many years a person has smoked. Here’s how the equation works:

N – number of packs a day (equivalent: 20 cigarettes) x T (total years smoked) = pack years

For example:

Edith smoked 1 pack of cigarettes daily for 20 years.

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Good News! Lung Scan is Elective!

Exciting news: you no longer need a doctor’s prescription for a Lung Scan. This scan can be an easy, painless, and noninvasive way to potentially save your life if you are at a high risk for lung cancer. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, “People aged 55 to 74 years with a history of heavy smoking are 20 percent less likely to die from lung cancer if they are screened with a low dose lung scan.”

What is Lung Scan?

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Five Things to Tell Your Friends Who Smoke

Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict that by the end of this year more than 200,000 people will be told they have lung cancer, and about 150,000 will die from lung cancer. Approximately 85% of lung cancer cases in the United States are the result of smoking,

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3 Ways to Approach a Relative About a Lung Scan

If your loved one is a smoker or has a history of smoking, a lung scan could save their life.

As a relative or close friend, we have the unique ability to influence the critical decision-making of our loved ones. Here are three ways you can encourage them to get a lung scan.

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Tavern Talk: Lung Scans for Smokers January 23rd, at 6:30 p.m – Free

A lung scan can save the life of a smoker by detecting issues earlier than other screening methods.  If you or someone you know has smoked for a long time, encourage them to talk with their doctor about a Lung Scan, also called a Low Dose CT lung scan. This quick, painless scan can detect cancer much sooner than traditional x-rays. 

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