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Lung cancer is New Mexico’s deadliest cancer, but screening saves lives | #itsecurity | #infosec | #hacking | #aihp


NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Lung and bronchus cancer causes more deaths than any other type of cancer in New Mexico, according to the American Cancer Society. August 1 is World Lung Cancer Day. Here’s what you need to know to help keep yourself safe.

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 550 New Mexicans will die from lung and bronchus this year. They estimate that nearly four out of every 10,000 people in the state will experience lung cancer.

But, it’s not all bad news. Catching cancer early via screening has boosted the survival rate, according to the American Lung Association.

“Lung cancer screening is key to early diagnosis, and early diagnosis saves lives,” Victoria Byrd, the development director at the Lung Association in New Mexico, said in a news release. “One of the most impactful things we can do in New Mexico is to raise awareness about lifesaving lung cancer screening. Currently, only 2% of residents at high risk for lung cancer have received a low-dose CT [computer tomography] scan lung cancer screening.”

Getting screened is particularly important for people who have smoked and are between the ages of 50 and 80 years old. Recently, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force expanded the guidelines of who should get screened. To see if you should get screened, you can take a short online quiz on the American Lung Association’s website.

The screening process uses x-rays to build a detailed picture of your lungs. This can allow doctors to detect cancer. The earlier lung cancer is detected, the better the odds of survival. And the lung cancer survival rate has increased by over 30% in the past 10 years, according to the American Lung Association.

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