OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center

Alton, Illinois

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. It’s estimated that 224,390 cases of lung cancer would be diagnosed in 2016.

Risk Factors / Prevention Tips

  • The largest risk factor for developing lung cancer is tobacco use and exposure to second hand smoke.
  • While exposures to air pollution, asbestos, or radon are risk factors, these risk factors are less likely to cause lung cancer in individuals compared to the exposure to tobacco products.
  • A family history of lung cancer can put you at a higher risk of developing lung cancer in your lifetime.
  • The best prevention is to quit smoking if you are a smoker, or avoid exposure to second-hand smoke if applicable.

Screening Guidelines

Currently, there is no way to easily detect lung cancer, which limits treatment options by the time it is detected. If you are a high risk individual who meets certain guidelines, your doctor may recommend a low-dose CT scan  as a screening measure.

OSF Saint Anthony’s Statistics

  • 20% of the total analytic lung cancer cases diagnosed at Saint Anthony’s are stage 1.
  • 20% of the total analytic lung cancer cases diagnosed at Saint Anthony’s are stage 3.
  • 57% of the total analytic lung cancer cases diagnosed at Saint Anthony’s are stage 4.

Analytic Cases: Patients initially diagnosed at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center or received all or part of their first course of therapy at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center.