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What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer

November 9th 2016

Contact: Nick Paranjape, (615) 284-1210, Nick.Paranjape@STH.ORG


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States, responsible for more deaths each year than colon, pancreatic and breast cancer combined. Fortunately, it’s also the most preventable—and, for the first time, advanced screenings can catch lung cancer early, reducing the risk of death by up to 20%.

At the Saint Thomas Health Lung Cancer and Thoracic Center—the first multidisciplinary center of its kind in the Southeast—we offer the region’s most advanced technology to prevent, detect and treat cancers of the lung and chest. Our highly skilled team features some of the nation’s most well-respected thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists and nurse navigators who provide coordinated and compassionate care through every phase of your journey.

Common signs of lung cancer include persistent cough, chest pain and fatigue—but most people don’t experience those symptoms right away. In fact, more than 50% of people who have lung cancer aren't diagnosed until it has spread to other parts of the body, when it is treatable, but rarely cured.

Saint Thomas Health offers life-saving, low-dose CT lung cancer screening to catch symptoms before they show, greatly increasing the chances of successful treatment. Call 615.222.LUNG (5864) to schedule your scan at one of our 12 convenient locations throughout Middle Tennessee.

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