Debbie Oates, NP, nurse navigator, Lung Nodule Center, MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, Long Beach Medical Center
The health risks you have accumulated from smoking never disappear. However, quitting will help decrease your risk for things like lung cancer, heart disease and diabetes. In addition to damaging the lungs, smoking can negatively impact the entire body in ways that might surprise you. Here are 10 ways smoking affects the body.
If you have a history of smoking, you may be eligible for a lung cancer screening. Screening results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure and helps detect lung cancer at the most curable stage. Research has shown that an annual screening at an accredited screening center for those at high-risk prevents 1 in 5 deaths from lung cancer.
The MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Medical Center offers a comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Program. For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Program, call 800-MEMORIAL.
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