Take action during Lung Cancer Action Week, May 6-12

May 6, 2024

Alaska Native people experience lung cancer at higher rates than others in Alaska. If you are a current or former smoker, screening for lung cancer could save your life.

The recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography, also called a low-dose CT scan. During the scan, an X-ray machine is used to make detailed images of your lungs. The scan only takes a few minutes and is not painful. There is no preparation needed for the scan. This screening test can help find lung cancer early, when it can be easier to treat.

You may be eligible for lung cancer screening if you:

  • Are 50-80 years old
  • Have a 20 pack-year smoking history
  • Currently use tobacco or have quit within the last 15 years

Talk with your health care provider to see if you are eligible for lung cancer screening.

Please call the ANMC Pulmonology Clinic at 907-729-8141 for screening appointment availability. Often, patients can be seen same-day and coordinated with other appointments while visiting Anchorage. If you are unable to coordinate screening during your trip to Anchorage, check with your regional clinic about local screening options or a referral for lung cancer screening.

Quitting tobacco

Using tobacco products is the primary cause of lung cancer, due to toxic and addictive contents. The best way to reduce lung cancer risk is to not use tobacco.

We understand quitting tobacco is hard. ANTHC is here to help on your quit tobacco journey. If you are a current tobacco user, ask your doctor to refer you to a tobacco treatment specialist for help with quitting, or call 907-729-4343 to be connected the ANTHC Tobacco Prevention Program and resources to help you quit.

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