Prevention & Early Detection

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Lung Cancer Early Detection & Prevention

Each year, over 200,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer. Eighty-five percent of those cases will be caused by smoking. More men and women die from lung cancer in the United States than any other type of cancer. The sobering fact is that nearly 90 percent of people with lung cancer die of the disease. The good news is that early diagnosis of early stage, non-small cell lung cancer has a better prognosis and can be treated with surgery.

  • Are you worried that you might be at risk for lung cancer?
  • Have you been told recently that you have a “pulmonary nodule," a “lung mass,” or “enlarged lymph nodes in your lungs”?
  • Do you have a chronic cough, one that won't go away, blood in your sputum, or chest pain?
  • Have you experienced any weight loss recently or loss of appetite?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, and are a current or former smoker, you should consider visiting SCCA's Lung Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Clinic.

While heavy smokers are at the highest risk for lung cancer, former smokers are also at risk for lung cancer. Nearly 60 percent of all lung cancers are diagnosed in people who have already stopped smoking.

Gateway to Rapid Diagnosis and Treatment for Lung Cancer

The mission of the Lung Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Clinic is to improve the length and quality of life among patients at risk for lung cancer and other disorders caused by tobacco. We fulfill our mission by delivering and integrating state-of-the-art clinical care and research focused on enhancing prevention, early detection, and treatment.

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with the Lung Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Clinic, call the SCCA Intake Office at (206) 288-7222. 


Lung Cancer Risk Factors

Smoking is responsible for more than 80 percent of lung cancers, but there are other risk factors too, including exposure to cancer-causing substances in the environment.

Low-Dose CT Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. More than 75 percent of people with lung cancer have incurable, locally advanced or metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis, and a five-year survival rate of less than 5 percent. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has launched a Low-Dose CT Screening Program for people at high risk for lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Quiz

What do you really know about lung cancer? Check your knowledge and see what you might learn about this disease.