According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 440,000 deaths occur annually from tobacco use in the United States, with about 160,000 being tied to lung cancer. Lung cancer accounts for 28 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States, with over 80 percent of the cases of lung cancer being tied directly to smoking.
This makes smoking cessation the best thing a person can do to reduce the risk of lung cancer.
Studies have shown that the health benefits begin almost immediately after quitting. Even heavy smokers who halve the amount they smoke see improvements in their overall health.
Northwestern Memorial has a smoking cessation program available to help you kick the habit. Click on the link below to learn more about it:
There is also the National Tobacco Quit Line at:
CT Lung Cancer Screening
Northwestern’s participation in the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial using computerized tomography (CT) scans in heavy smokers highlighted the need for heavy smokers to quit smoking to improve their health and reduce their risk of lung cancer.
You can learn more about the benefit of CT lung cancer screening by talking with your physician. To learn more about the trial, go to:
You can schedule an appointment for a CT lung cancer screening by calling: