Report: Pa.’s lung cancer screening rates are too low | Tuesday Morning Coffee

Pennsylvania’s lung cancer screening, treatment and survival rates all exceed the national average, but there’s still “much life-saving work to be done,” according to a new report.

The “State of Lung Cancer” report, released today by the American Lung Association, also reveals that the radioactive gas radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer, is detected at high levels in about 2 in 5 homes (39.1 percent) statewide.

The report further reveals that people of color in the state are less likely to be diagnosed early; less likely to receive surgical treatment, and more likely to receive no treatment at all.

“Lung cancer screening is key to early diagnosis, and early diagnosis saves lives. Unfortunately, here in Pennsylvania, not enough people are getting this lifesaving screening. We all can help reduce the burden of lung cancer in Pennsylvania,”…

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