November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, an annual observation that bring attention to the disease.
Lung cancer has been identified as the second most common cancer and is known as the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women worldwide. The disease is particularly insidious since many people don’t experience symptoms until the cancer has reached an advanced stage. Contributing to this sad reality is that people of color who are diagnosed with lung cancer face worse outcomes than White Americans because they are less likely to be diagnosed early, less likely to receive surgical treatment, and more likely not to receive treatment at all.
That’s why the importance of lung cancer screenings – especially for those who smoke – are vitally important. Whittier Street Health Center partners with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to provide an on-site comprehensive cancer care program that offers no-cost lung cancer screening and tobacco cessation counseling. For more information or to schedule a screening, please call 617-632-5335 or 617-989-3267.