MEDFORD, Ore. -- Lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Wednesday, Providence Medford Medical Center helped people figure out if they need a lung cancer screening.
To qualify for a free lung cancer screening, you have to meet a few qualifications.
You must be between 55 and 77 years old, have no signs of lung cancer, and have a history of smoking that equals 30 pack-years.
Providence defines that as:
- 1 pack a day for 30 years
- 2 packs a day for 15 years
- 3 packs a day for 10 years
Rand Dickson was one of the people who came out to find out if he qualified for a free screening. He's been a smoker for 50 years.
"I've quit hundreds of times, so this will hopefully be the final one and I'll be done with it," Dickson said.
Dickson was one of 76 people who went to the event.
Of that group, 20 percent of people were recommended to get a screening.
Dr. Siva Marri explained why it is so crucial for smokers and past smokers to get screened.
"The majority of the lung cancers that we diagnose are already in advanced stages and unfortunately we are not able to offer much help to them," Dr. Marri said.
He said Providence plans to do another free event like this one next year. He also said depending on how many people show up, it may do an earlier event before the start of next year's fire season.