More than 80% of lung cancer deaths are caused by tobacco smoking according to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Smoking, including cigarettes, cigars and pipes, increases the chances of developing lung cancer.1 From 2010-2014, cancer was the leading cause of death among the Chinese living in New York City. During this period, more Chinese New Yorkers died from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.2 With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center encourages all eligible smokers to schedule an appointment for free quit smoking services today.

Although not all lung cancers are preventable, quitting smoking reduces the risk. Screening detects the cancer before any symptoms are visible and is important for diagnosing cancer at early stages as well as for identifying the best treatment options.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends an annual imaging test for anyone who meets all three of the following criteria:

  • Age 50 to 80 years old
  • Smoker with a 20 “pack year” (1 pack a day for 20 years or 2 packs a day for 10 years) or more smoking history
  • Smokes now or has quit within the past 15 years

Talk to a healthcare provider to discuss any concerns you may have and how to access a lung cancer screening. The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center offers free in-person (by appointment) and phone counseling for individuals who want to quit smoking. Free nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges are also available for adults.

For FREE quit smoking services, call (718) 661-6040 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday – Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) or (929) 362-3006 ext. 3309 (Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Information about the Health Center’s Quit Smoking Program is available at www.cbwchc.org//QuitSmoking.asp.

Information is taken from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, accessed at 1https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/lung-cancer.page and 2https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/epi/databrief91.pdf.

Posted by Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center is a nonprofit and federally qualified health center offering comprehensive primary care services to all in five convenient locations in Manhattan and Queens seven days a week. We accept most major health insurance plans and serve everyone regardless of their ability to pay, the language they speak, or their immigration history. For more information, please visit www.cbwchc.org.

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