November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Statistics show that as much as 21% of adults in Lexington County, South Carolina smoke. Our hospital offers a lung cancer screening program for early detection of lung cancer as well as a free smoking-cessation program.
Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer at Lexington Medical Center and the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Often, it’s not caught until it’s too late to provide effective treatment. The lung cancer screening program assists with early detection in high-risk patients.
Screening participants who still smoke are referred to Lexington Medical Center’s smoking-cessation class, which takes place at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington once a week.
Our hospital clinicians talked about these programs on WLTX this month. You can view the interview below.
The lung cancer screening costs $149, which is about the cost of three cartons of cigarettes. The Lung Cancer Alliance recently named Lexington Medical Center a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence for its efforts to diagnose patients with early-stage lung cancer.
For more information about lung cancer screenings, please call (803) 936-8050.
The smoking-cessation class lasts eight weeks. It’s open to anyone who wants to quit smoking and, because of a generous grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, it’s free. Participants also have an above-average success rate.
If you or someone you know wants to quit smoking and participate in Lexington Medical Center’s smoking-cessation program, please call (803) 358-6180.