HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - Lung cancer is one of the most common and lethal forms of cancer. That is why doctors feel Lung Cancer Awareness Month is so important.
"Every year there's about 230,000 new cases of lung cancer, with 146,000 deaths. It's important for us to try and bring awareness to this disease process and try to do the things that we can," said Lloyd Geddes, the Medical Director of U.P. Health System Portage’s Cancer Center.
Lifestyle choices can increase someone's chance of developing the disease.
"Smoking tobacco is the number one risk factor, and obviously if we're able to stop smoking or not smoke at all, that would be the best type of prevention," said Geddes.
Doctors warn that without regular screening it may be hard to detect lung cancer in its early stages.
"The unfortunate thing with lung cancer is that there aren't a lot of early warning signs, often times when people start to have symptoms it's because the disease is in the later stages," added Geddes.
U.P. Health System Portage hopes to get the word out that many people should get screened, so doctors have better chance of catching lung cancer early.
"So anyone with a 30 pack a year smoking history and over the age of 55 can get a screening low dose CT scan here at the hospital, with the hopes of identifying lung cancer early,” said Geddes.