In Kentucky, lung cancer claims more lives each year than the next eight most common cancers combined.
The good news? Lung cancer is also highly preventable, and at CHI Saint Joseph Health, we offer all the education and tools you need to take charge of your health.
If you think you may be at risk, your best protection is early detection. CHI Saint Joseph Health offers low-dose CT screenings at locations close to home. The test is simple, painless and most importantly, could save your life.
Call 859.313.4673 to learn more or speak with your primary care provider to schedule your screening.
Smoking is by far and away the number one cause of lung cancer, responsible for about 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths. That hits especially close to home, since roughly 29 percent of Kentuckians are smokers, compared to 21 percent nationally.
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The earlier you start smoking, and the more you smoke each day, the greater your risk of developing lung cancer. If that’s not enough, secondhand smoke can also contribute to this devastating disease. Regularly breathing in smoke from others is thought to cause more than 7,000 deaths from lung cancer each year. Children of smokers have a significantly higher rate of asthma and respiratory infections than do children of nonsmokers.
At CHI Saint Joseph Health, we know that quitting smoking is not easy, especially if you’re acting alone. That’s why we offer FREE smoking cessation classes to provide the support you need to free yourself once and for all.
Lung cancer can also occur in people who have never smoked. Other less common risk factors include:
Find a primary care provider or specialist near you in our extensive network of clinics and hospitals.