By: Emily Johnson
November 14, 2014
FILE - In this June 3, 2010 file photo, Dr. Steven Birnbaum works with a patient in a CT scanner at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, N.H. The American Cancer Society says there now is enough evidence to recommend screening certain older, heavy smokers for lung cancer. The society is releasing new guidelines Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 that advise annual CT lung scans for people ages 55 to 74 who have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or the equivalent, such as two packs a day for 15 years. Research shows that screening these people can cut the risk of dying of lung cancer by 20 percent. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
Tallahassee, FL - Community member gathered at the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center for a candlelight vigil all to raise awareness of the stigma associated with lung cancer to promote CT screenings for lung cancer. The stigma is that only smokers get lung cancer. In reality 80% of people who get lung cancer have never smoked or quit smoking for quite sometime. A plan for the Lung Cancer Alliance is to raise awareness of the importance of lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan.
People who should get this screening are between the ages of 55 and 75 and who have smoked the equivalent to a pack a day for more than 20 years. Lung Cancer is the #2 treated cancer at the Cancer Center behind breast cancer. The vigil lasted from 5-7 P.M. with the lighting of glow sticks as candles at the end of the ceremony.