Augusta, GA — In 2012 more people died from lung cancer than colon, breast, prostate, and pancreatic cancer combined. Not only that, but 1 of every 100 people screened for lung cancer across the country tested positive for the disease. That is why Dr. Carsten Schroeder is committed to researching the disease and making sure those that need a screening get one.
Dr. Schroeder — a thoracic oncology surgeon with the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University — explains that there are two primary groups that should be screened for lung cancer. The first group includes people between the ages of 55 to 80 that currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years and smoke/d at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30. The second group includes people 50 to 80 who smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for over 20 years and have one of the following additional lung cancer risks: personal cancer history, family history, emphysema or chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or long term exposure to asbestos, radon, arsenic, diesel, or coal smoke. He goes on to share that technology — like it has in many fields — has made surgery and treatment much less invasive.
The Cancer Center at Augusta University offers free lung cancer screenings to those that qualify. If you are interested in receiving more information, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-721-4726. You can also visit their website.