New "lung-force" initiative could save thousands of lives

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - According to the American Lung Association in West Virginia, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women.

Every year, nearly 2,000 people in West Virginia are diagnosed with the disease.

The association is pushing a lung-force initiative to fight this, advocating for lung-cancer screening that is a low-dose CT scan.

It has the ability to diagnose lung cancer for high risk individuals at an early stage.

Deborah Brown, with the American Lung Association says, "So by having this lung cancer screening, the low dose CT scan available. We know that we will save many lives. There are 9 million Americans out there that are considered high risk for lung cancer.”

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