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Lung cancer screening can greatly improve survival chances of smokers and ex-smokers, but few take part

Leslie Kohman, MD (photo by Jim Howe)

Leslie Kohman, MD (photo by Jim Howe)

Only 2 percent of the people who qualify for lung cancer screening are enrolled in a screening program, which is designed to find cancers at an early stage,f when they are most treatable, says Leslie Kohman, MD. She is a distinguished service professor of surgery at the Upstate Cancer Center with extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment and research of lung cancer. Kohman outlines who should consider the no-cost screening: smokers or former smokers between the ages of 55 and 79. Eight out of 10 cancers that are discovered early can be treated successfully with surgery. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and she encourages smokers and former smokers to speak to their doctors about getting screened.

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