In the News: How Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives

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Todd Freudenberger, MD, pulmonologist at Overlake Medical Center & Clinics, joined KING 5 New Day Northwest host Amity Addrisi to discuss the importance of lung cancer screening and early detection, as well as some of the warning sings of lung cancer and risk factors. 

“What we want to do is screen people,” Dr. Freudenberger said. “We want to catch the cancer when it’s still early and people don’t have symptoms.”

Overlake Cancer Center follows the latest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which recommends that you undergo lung cancer screening every year if:

  • You’re between 50 and 80 years old, in relatively good health and:
    • You smoke or have quit smoking within 15 years
    • You smoked for at least 20 “pack years.” To figure out your pack years, multiply the number of packs you smoked per day by the number of years that you smoked.

Watch the full segment interview.