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West Texas Cancer Center 'Shines a Light' on Lung Cancer

by Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9

As a part of lung cancer awareness month, NewsWest 9 interviewed the West Texas Cancer Center about awareness, prevention, and early detection of lung cancer.    

Registered nurse, Stacy Bond stated that, "October is all about breast cancer awareness, and here's November lung cancer awareness month, and not many people know".  

During an interview with Radiology Oncologist, Dr. Joseph Kaczor, he stated,"Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. Each year there about two hundred thousand cases of lung cancer, and about a hundred and fifty-thousand deaths."

That's right, each year more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

"Lung cancer we believe is mostly preventable though...", said Dr. Kaczor

"The american cancer society says that if you quit smoking at fifty, you will decrease your percentage of death by half in the next fifteen years", said Stacy Bond. 

Other ways that you can prevent lung cancer are to limit your exposure to second hand smoke, have a healthy diet and reduce other carcinogens such as silica, arsenic, diesel fumes, and nickel just to name a few.

"With screening we can detect the disease early when its very curable, and when the treatment is much easier", said Dr. Kaczor

There is a technology called the ct-scan that detects early signs of cancer that Oncologist Dr. Kaczor is giving at a discounted price of $300.00 per screen with 3 low dose ct-scans for two years for individuals with a high risk for lung cancer.

He stated, "If you have a father or a grandfather or somebody who smokes, instead of getting them a Christmas present this year, maybe get them a lung cancer screening as their gift, it may save their life." 

The Lung Cancer Alliance in conjunction with the West Texas Cancer Center is hosting an event this year to help "Shine a Light" on lung cancer.

"There's supposed to be about 200 shine a lights happening all across the nation and there in two other continents", said Stacy Bond

"We'll be having physician speakers talking a little about the disease, about the screening, and also survivors talking about their experience", said Dr. Kaczor.  

The event is said to take place tomorrow evening. 

Location; West Texas Cancer Center
301 N. Washington St. Odessa, TX

Date:   November 13th

Time: 6:00 p.m. Inside the West Texas Cancer Center located at 301 N. Washington St. Odessa, TX.

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