Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer, did a great job Tuesday on the Emmy-award winning TV show The View. Watch the interview here and feel free to share it with family, friends, and volunteers.
He informed viewers that lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer does, and that 30,000 Americans who never smoked will die of lung cancer this year. As many as 20% of people who die from lung cancer in the U.S. every year have never smoked or used any other form of tobacco. In fact, if lung cancer in non-smokers had its own separate category, it would rank among the top 10 fatal cancers in the U.S.
He also noted that 20% of lung cancer deaths could be avoided in people at high risk - both current and x-smokers - got screened. The American Cancer Society recommends annual lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan (LDCT) for certain people at higher risk for lung cancer who meet certain criteria.
Dr. Wender also encouraged viewers to know their family health history, and he put in a plug for annual mammography starting at age 45, or at 40 for those who choose to start earlier.
When asked about cervical cancer screening, Dr. Wender announced that with HPV vaccinations and regular screening "we can, and I believe we will, make cervical cancer the first cancer eliminated in the United States."
To learn more and to take your pledge to get screened, visit cancerscreenweek.org.