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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Portland, ME — November 16, 2016  Lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. In 2016, an estimated 158,080 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer, accounting for about one in four of all cancer deaths. This November, hospitals across the MaineHealth system are working together to raise awareness and reduce the rate of lung cancer in our communities.

Lung cancer screening is a relatively new tool that can help find cancer early, before it has a chance to cause harm. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends yearly lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan, or LDCT) for current or former smokers who are at a high risk of developing lung cancer. To find out if screening is right for you, talk with your healthcare provider.

While not all lung cancers can be prevented, there are things you can do to help lower your risk. The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not start smoking, or to quit if you smoke. Need help quitting? The Maine Tobacco Helpline offers free, confidential tobacco counseling over the phone. Call the Helpline at 1-800-207-1230.

Visit the MaineHealth Cancer Resource Center website at to learn more about lung cancer prevention and treatment resources in Maine.


Contact: Kate Guare
Manager, Marketing & Communications
(207) 661-7719

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