OLOL takes on lung cancer
BATON ROUGE - November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Brad Vincent and Renea Duffin from Our Lady of the Lake Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center visited 2une In this morning to tell you how you can lower your risk.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in Louisiana each year. Dr. Vincent is an interventional pulmonologist and member of the cancer center's Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Care Team. He says Lung Cancer Awareness Month is about helping those high-risk smokers.
"We're looking for smokers ages 55-74 to come in and get a low-dose CAT scan of the chest," he explains. "There's a test you can take on the OLOL website to tell you if you fall in that category."
Risk factors include your age, how long you've been smoking, how much you've been smoking, if you have had exposure to asbestos and if you have a family history of lung cancer. Even if you've quit smoking, you should still get checked if you believe your at risk.
Duffin is the Vice President of Cancer Support and Outreach at Mary Bird Perkins. She says the cancer center can also help you if you've been trying to quit, but haven't been able to.
"It's very important that people that are smokers that want to quit seek out opportunities to stop," she explains. "Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center has offered free tobacco cessation for over 7 years now to help you in your efforts to quit smoking."
To set up a lung cancer screening, call (225) 215-1515. Watch the video for more information.