Lung Cancer Alliance Launches Lung Screening Initiative for At-Risk Veterans

As a part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we have partnered with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and some of the finest medical centers across the country to offer CT screening and life-saving information on the risks of lung cancer for our nation’s veterans.

This brand-new national pilot initiative will take place from November 8th to November 13th, during the days surrounding Veterans Memorial Day, in order to reach those men and women who have so courageously served for us.

Screening those at high risk with low dose CT scans before symptoms occur can identify lung cancer at an early and most curable stage, saving tens of thousands of live every year.

Veterans—and Vietnam veterans in particular—suffer from a worse risk for lung cancer than civilian populations because of increased smoking rates and exposure to known carcinogens during active duty. While lung cancer may take decades to develop, symptoms do not usually become obvious until the cancer has already grown into late stage when survival is less than 15%.

The initiative will lead off November 8th at Walter Reed National Medical Military Center in Bethesda, MD. Participating medical centers will join during November 8th – 13th, facilitating discussion on risk as well as scheduling and performing a low dose CT to screen for the disease.

Participating medical centers include:

  • Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA
  • Norton Healthcare, Louisville, KY
  • Roswell Park, Buffalo, NY
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, WA
  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami, FL
  • WellStar Health System, Atlanta, GA

We hope that this lung screening initiative will raise awareness of the risks for lung cancer and help assure responsible care for at-risk American veterans. They have given so much in serving us and we strive to better serve them.

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