CT scan

A CT scan of a patient's lungs is shown at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. The white spot near the bottom of the left lung is a nodule.

SIOUX CITY | Starting Friday, the June E. Nylen Cancer Center along with the National Lung Cancer Alliance will promote "Shine A Light For Lung Cancer Awareness," a national campaign to educate the community about the importance of early detection and risk factors for lung cancer.

An educational display with mini key chain flashlights, bracelets and specific information about lung cancer will be set up in the June E. Nylen Cancer Center's lobby.

Lung cancer, which is the leading cancer killer in men and women in every ethnic group, often has no symptoms until the disease has spread. When lung cancer symptoms do occur, they vary depending on the type of lung cancer and location and size of the tumor.

Risk factors for lung cancer include smoking; exposure to secondhand smoke, asbestos, radon gas and air pollution; and familial predisposition.

Diagnostic lung cancer CT scanning, which is available at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center, can help detect early lung cancer before clinical signs or symptoms become evident.

Scanning is recommended for current or former smokers between the ages of 55 and 77. A physician order is required.

"Annual screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) can find lung cancers in their earliest stage when the cancer is most easily treated," said Krista McCullough, radiology manager at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. "CT screening for lung cancer is a safe and non-invasive procedure with a minimal amount of radiation exposure."

For more information, call the June E. Nylen Cancer Center at 712-252-0088.

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