A national study says each year more Mainers die from lung cancer than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.
In an attempt to cut down on those deaths, doctors a Eastern Maine Medical Center started an annual screening program.
To qualify for the screening you must be between 55 and 80 years old and have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years.
Doctors say like many other cancers, early detection more commonly leads to a cure.
“Lung cancer when it’s detected early is a curable cancer unfortunately the vast majority of patients who are seen with lung cancer at later sages and cures are not common,” says Dr. John Klemperer, Cardio Thoracic Surgeon.
If you’re interested in participating in the screening program, talk to your primary care provider or to find out more information call EMMC at 973-5293.