November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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Lung Cancer is the Nation’s Leading Cancer Killer – Doctors and Patient Groups Say it Doesn’t Have to Stay this Way

The National Lung Cancer Roundtable (NLCRT) has expanded its portal of resources to help Americans fight lung cancer. Efrén J. Flores, Staff Radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, teamed with the American College of Radiology (ACR) and YourUpdateTV to discuss the initiative during National Lung Cancer Awareness month.

A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/Bpb0qu7V5mA

This year more than 220,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer. More than 140,000 will die of the disease -- more than will die from breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. Please know that:

  • Anyone can get lung cancer. 65% of people newly diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers. 20% have no history of tobacco use at all.
  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor to get support to stop smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer.
  • Lung cancer was once considered a terminal diagnosis, but today new treatments are improving survival for many patients.
  • If you are a current or former smoker - ages 55-to-80 - talk to your health care provider about getting an annual lung cancer screening exam. This low-dose C-T or “CAT” scan is the only test proven to significantly reduce lung cancer deaths and is covered by Medicare and private insurance for those who qualify.

For more information, visit the National Lung Cancer Roundtable website at NLCRT.org.

About Efrén J. Flores, MD:
Efrén J. Flores, MD is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico Medical School. He trained in radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, where he currently serves as board-certified staff radiologist in Thoracic and Emergency radiology since 2011. Dr. Flores interest in patient outreach and advocacy led him to focus his research on identifying social determinants of health impacting access to radiology among underrepresented minorities, and develop and implement low-cost programs to bridge he healthcare disparities gap. Dr. Flores research has led him to scientific presentations at national meetings and has also published in this subject. In recognition of Dr. Flores work in this area, he was appointed Director for Community Health Improvement in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology in 2016. Dr. Flores also serves in the Radiology Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media (http://www.dssimon.com). It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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