Know Someone with Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. Odds are - you know someone affected. Kate Houston shows you her personal experience with the disease and what you need to know to keep your family safe.

Posted: Nov 8, 2018 6:30 PM
Updated: Nov 8, 2018 6:30 PM

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lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. odds are you know someone who's been affected by the disease. i did. this winter will be 20 years since i lost my dad allen to stage four lung cancer. by doctors standards, he should have lived a long life. he was an avid runner ..he didn't smoke... and was generally healthy. he died at 46... leaving behind my mom two older brothers...and myself. mark bradford, pulmonary critical care physician: "that's the problem with lung cancer. there aren't symptoms until it's too late." dr. mark bradford tells me while my dads diagnosis is fairly rare...a majority of them are not. more than 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are due to smoking. dr. kenneth haugen/radiation oncologist: "if we cut out smoking and caught lung cancers earlier we would save a lot of deaths." now medical professionals like dr haugen are able to do that with state of the art screening and preventative care. the american lung association says screenings could prevent more than 12-thousand lung cancer deaths every year. kate houston/providence cancer center: "i'm inside one of six designated lung cancer screening hospitals in the state. here doctors are able to screen people that aren't showing symptoms..but could still be at risk" nats of scanner this c-t scanner sends out low doses of radiation to spot any problems. providence started these screenings three years ago with the expansion of the affordable care act. to qualify for a screening you need to be at risk...this applies to people who are over 55 or pack- a-day smokers. dr. mark bradford: "its to really catch these cancers early so we can treat them when they are more treatable, and people can live longer and survive their cancer." dr. bradford tells me the main goal though is overall prevention. although lung cancer is still so common... he says there are less people smoking. dr. mark bradford: "it's more cost prohibitive to smoke and people are starting to realize the impact of smoking as they see their own health deteriorate." doctors at providence tell me they haven't seen drastic improvements in lung cancer mortality rates in the 20 years since my dad died. they do say that early detection and overall prevention is the best way to bring those enormous rates down. so whether you are a chronic smoker...or generally healthy like my dad was... if not caught early lung talk to a doctor about your e for the whole community. you can head over to providence medford medical center on wednesday november 14th. its from 10 am to 2 pm. there will be resources on lung health...cancer prevention...and screenings. you can find all of this info on our website o-shave november" are two very visible efforts to raise awareness and money for a variety of cancers and health issues. newswatch 12 is taking it a step further by focusing in on the realities of a variety of cancers and how you can protect yourself and your family. all month long, newswatch 12 will be sharing survivors' stories, reporting on the latest prevention, early detection, and
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