ARIZONA NEWS

Valley oncologist pushes for more awareness for lung cancer screenings

Feb 9, 2015, 5:02 AM | Updated: 6:46 am

...

PHOENIX — Lung cancer has long been the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States — and now, it has claimed the No. 1 spot among one demographic around the world.

The American Cancer Society reports lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer as the top cause of cancer deaths among women in developed countries.

Dr. Panos Fidias, a thoracic oncologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, said the public push for lung-cancer screenings isn’t as strong as the push for breast-cancer screenings.

“Lung cancer tends to affect older people. It tends to affect people that may have other medical problems,” he said, “so, you don’t see the same fervor and advocacy that you see in breast cancer.”

Fidias said people tend to believe smokers brought the ailment upon themselves by not quitting their habit, but Fidias said the time has come to stress that early screening for lung cancer can save lives.

“Lung cancer screening has been linked to a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer mortality,” he said.

Fidias said screenings are available at St. Joseph’s, and they are covered by Medicare. He said anyone between 50 and 77 who has a history of smoking should be screened.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A man is seen walking into a Macy's store that has closing signs in the windows...

Kevin Stone

Valley business consultant says Macy’s plan to close 150 stores is long overdue

A Valley business consultant said she wasn’t surprised when Macy’s announced plans Tuesday to close 150 underperforming department stores over the next three years.

41 minutes ago

A Phoenix Fire Department ladder company investigates a car in a canal...

KTAR.com

Car with nobody inside found partially submerged in Grand Canal in Phoenix

An empty car was found partially submerged in the Grand Canal in Phoenix on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

1 hour ago

File photo showing the side of a Phoenix police department SUV stopped in front of a wall on the si...

KTAR.com

Police seek help with homicide investigation after body found in Phoenix apartment

Police are seeking the public’s help with a homicide case after a man was found dead Monday at a Phoenix apartment complex.

3 hours ago

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)...

Danny Shapiro

East Valley teen beaten by brass knuckles says halt on possible weapon ban ‘disheartening’

An East Valley teen who was beaten in a 2022 brass knuckles attack and has pushed for a ban on the weapon in Arizona said he was told the Legislature won't take any action on it this session.

5 hours ago

Follow @iamdamonallred...

Damon Allred

Arizona Science Center’s Dorrance Planetarium to see ‘next-generation’ update

With the help of Cosm Technology, the Arizona Science Center is making a significant investment in its Dorrance Planetarium.

5 hours ago

Latin Music Festival will take place in Tolleson this weekend...

Serena O'Sullivan

Latin Music Festival to bring music, dances, games and food to Tolleson this weekend

The Latin Music Festival will fill Tolleson's streets with live music, dances, games, food and vendor booths this weekend.

5 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

...

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

...

Sanderson Ford

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.

Valley oncologist pushes for more awareness for lung cancer screenings