Lung Cancer Awareness, Treatment Subject of UA Cancer Center Open House, Nov. 15

With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, that’s the topic chosen for the next University of Arizona Cancer Center Open House on Nov. 15, 5-7 p.m., in the lobby of the UA Cancer Center – North Campus, 3838 N. Campbell Ave.

And, with the new CMS certification for the reactivated Lung Transplant Program at Banner – UMC Tucson, patients in the region have more choices—in addition to multiple treatment options—than ever. Come listen to what our specialists have to say.

View, download, post and share the flyer here:  UACC Open House Flyer Nov. 15 [PDF]

Presenters include:

   Afshin Sam, MD — A professor of medicine in the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine as well as a member of the UA Cancer Center’s Southwest Lung Cancer Program 
   ■ Charles C. Hsu, MD, PhD — An associate professor of radiation oncology and a member of the UA Cancer Center’s Radiation Oncology Team
   ■ Samuel Kim, MD —Interim chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery, and assistant professor, UA Department of Surgery

More people in the United States die from lung cancer—which accounts for roughly 27 percent of all cancer deaths—than any other type of cancer. This is true for both men and women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2013 (the most recent year numbers are available):

  • 212,584 people in the United States were diagnosed with lung cancer, including 111,907 men and 100,677 women.
  • 156,176 people in the United States died from lung cancer, including 85,658 men and 70,518 women.

It is the second most common cancer among white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander men; and the third among Hispanic men. It is the leading cause of death from cancer among men of all races and of Hispanic origin.

The same is true for women, except that it is the second leading cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women. Breast cancer is the first for Hispanic women.

Still, reported the American Lung Association, the number of deaths caused by lung cancer peaked at 159,292 in 2005 and has since decreased by 2.3 percent to 155,610 in 2014.

The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 55 percent for cases detected when the disease is still localized (within the lungs).

Screening for individuals at high risk has the potential to dramatically improve lung cancer survival rates by finding the disease at an earlier, more treatable stage. If half were screened, over 13,000 lung cancer deaths could be prevented.

It's the most common cancer worldwide, accounting for 1.8 million new cases and 1.6 million deaths in 2012.

Light refreshments and soft entertainment—featuring harpist Mary Bouley—will be provided.

For more information, contact Margaret Eller, RN, CTE, oncology nurse navigator for the UA Cancer Center, or (520) 694-9060.

For more cancer-related education and outreach events, visit the UA Cancer Center Community Outreach webpage.

"UPDATE: Nearly 40 Show for Cancer Center Open House, Next Events on BRA Day, Oct. 22, and GI Cancers, Oct. 27" | Posted: Sept. 16, 2016/Updated: Oct. 7, 2016

Release Date: 
10/25/2016 - 4:15pm