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Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - Preventing Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
Preventing Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
 
VINELAND, NJ (November 9) – The National Cancer Institute announced its new plan to fight lung cancer last month, starting with a focus on smoking cessation, early detection and the development of new drugs. Currently, NCI researchers are working on new and improved therapies designed to help smokers quit. The NCI hopes to eliminate the suffering and death due to lung cancer by 2015.

“Smokers should quit if they want to reduce their chances of developing lung cancer,” said Edith Schneider, South Jersey Healthcare’s Certified Tobacco Dependence Treatment Counselor. “Non-smokers should keep their homes and workplace smoke-free to avoid exposure to second-hand smoke.”

According to the American Cancer Society, about 172,570 people will develop lung cancer in 2005. Of these, 3,000 will be non-smokers exposed to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. Known as the silent killer, it is usually detected in its advanced stages when the five-year survival rate is a mere 15 percent.

Signs and symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Chest pain brought on by heavy breathing and laughing
  • Hoarsenes
  • Unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Bloody spit or phlegm
  • Reoccurring infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia
  • New onset of wheezing

Smokers who quit will see a dramatic difference in their risk of developing lung cancer. After 10 years, their risk of lung cancer death is up to 50 percent lower.

To learn more about lung cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment options, and smoking cessation, call the SJH Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion at (856) 575-4430.

SJH Cancer Services, located in the Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion, have been been affiliated with the Fox Chase Cancer Center since 1995. SJH offers the only cancer program in Cumberland , Salem , or Gloucester counties designated as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons – Commission on Cancer.

The SJH team of board-certified physicians, registered radiation therapists and nationally-certified oncology nurses have provided state-of-the-art radiation therapy, medical oncology and cancer support services to thousands of patients in the region for more than 25 years.

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.