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Walter Reed Bethesda’s Murtha Cancer Center Hosts Lung Cancer Screening Day

BETHESDA, MD – The John P. Murtha Cancer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) will partner with the Department of Veterans, Team Draft, Lung Cancer Alliance, and the Vietnam Veterans of America, in hosting a Lung Cancer Screening Day for all eligible beneficiaries on November 6, 2013 in the lobby of the America Building at Naval Support Activity Bethesda.

WRNMMC kicked off the Lung Cancer Screening Initiative in 2012, which includes an evaluation to determine if a veteran or beneficiary is at risk for lung cancer and for those at high risk, enrollment into a screening program that will conduct annual low-dose chest CT (computed tomography) scans and smoking cessation. This year the Department of Veteran’s Affairs will announce implementation of the same comprehensive screening program at 8 Veteran’s facilities around the country and the DOD will announce the joining of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in the screening effort to HONOR our veterans.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, with over 150,000 deaths per year in the U.S. The Veteran’s Affairs has reported smoking is the leading cause of death among military Veteran’s and lung cancer is the leading cancer related death. Screening high-risk patients will offer a 20% reduction in lung cancer related deaths.

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