Monthly Archives: November 2016

NOVEMBER IS LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
WHY EARLY DETECTION IS CRITICAL TO SAVING LIVES

  • Published November 21, 2016

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the stakes couldn’t be higher when it comes to early detection. It’s commonly believed that lung cancer—the growth of abnormal, unhealthy cells in one or both lungs that eventually develop into tumors—is a disease associated only with those who smoke or have smoked in the past. It’s a dangerous misconception. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), as many as 20 percent of those who die from lung cancer every year (roughly 16,000 to 24,000 Americans) do not smoke or engage in any form of tobacco use.1 Translation: We’re all potentially at risk.
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The History of Screening for Lung Cancer: How Advanced Screening Is Changing Today’s Lung Cancer Awareness

  • Published November 21, 2016

Prevent Cancer! Save Lives! Publicity abounds for cancer screenings, and that’s a good thing. But some cancers get more attention than others. For example, the NFL wears pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness; the internet features copious lists of Famous Men Who Have Had Prostate Cancer, and Katie Couric is still credited with revolutionizing colon cancer and screening awareness when she underwent a live colonoscopy back in March 2000 on NBC’s Today.

This begs the question: What about lung cancer? It’s the second most common cancer in men and women, and the leading cause of cancer deaths for both genders. Who’s shouting into the megaphone for lung cancer screening/awareness? Until recently, not many.
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Dr. Caccavale Featured in 101.5 Article on Lung Cancer Screening

  • Published November 21, 2016

Recently, our very own Dr. Robert Caccavale was featured in an article regarding lung cancer screening on New Jersey 101.5’s website. Dr. Caccavale discussed the positive aspects of a yearly low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening (which is now covered by many insurances and Medicare) for those with an elevated risk of developing lung cancer. Finding the cancer early, he noted, drastically increases the chances of a positive outcome as opposed to finding it after symptoms have appeared.

We’re proud of Dr. Caccavale being called upon for his decades of expertise in treating lung cancer and other thoracic conditions.

Read the full story here.