Lung Cancer

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Kentucky has ranked first in the country in deaths from lung cancer for years, and about a third of those deaths were related to smoking, according to a 2016 study released by the American Cancer Society.

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Approved tobacco cessation medicines and services would be covered by insurance under legislation approved in a senate committee Wednesday. Proponents say the change would save lives and health care dollars.

Screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans can save lives, but at a cost: Tests frequently produce anxiety-producing false alarms and prompt unnecessary procedures.

A study from the Veterans Health Administration lays out the considerable effort required by both patients and doctors to undertake screening.

"I have heard people say 'what's the big deal, it's just a CT,' " says Dr. Linda Kinsinger, who ran the study at the VA. "But I think what we tried to show is it's a lot more than just a CT."

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Baptist Health Paducah is holding a vigil called "Shine a Light on Lung Cancer" tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the Larry Barton Atrium as a way to remember those who are struggling with lung cancer and those who have lost loved ones to the disease. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Dr. Nicholas Lopez, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Baptist Health Paducah, about lung cancer in our region, ways to prevent and manage the risks, and understanding what the treatment process is like.

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Studies show Kentucky has more cases of lung cancer than any other state and the number of lung cancer related deaths in the Commonwealth is almost 50 percent higher than the national average. 

Baptist Health Paducah hosts a forum about new National Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines and their impact on Kentucky. We learn more about the forum, which is this Friday (December 6), from Jamie Smith of the Kentucky Cancer Program. See more at westernbaptist.com.