BLOG: Lung Cancer Awareness & Screening

Steven Herman, M.D.

Lung Cancer Awareness & Screening

Each November, we celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month in hopes to spread awareness about the disease, and lifestyle factors that can be attributed to developing Lung Cancer.  Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, ahead of breast, pancreatic and colon cancers combined.  In The U.S. alone, there are approximately 160,000 deaths each year. 

One of the most important risk factors for developing lung cancer is smoking.  In fact, 85% of lung cancer cases are attributed to smoking. Smokers who quit greatly reduce their risk of developing lung cancer, and dying from the disease. After quitting, the risk for developing lung cancer decreases over time.

Non-small cell lung cancer, the most common type of lung cancer, may be cured if found in its early stages.  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual lung cancer screening with low-dosed tomography (LCDT) for long time heavy smokers. 

What are the criteria for screening eligibility:

  • Men and women, ages 55-77 who are current smokers,
  • Or those who have quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • Asymptomatic – no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Smoked an average of at least one pack a day for 20 or more years. 

Mountainside Medical Center is a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology.  We offer access to low-dose CT lung scans, the most current and effective screening available.  Screening scans are reviewed by a Lung Cancer Team that includes pulmonologists, radiologists, and a thoracic surgical oncologist.  In the event of finding cancer, our team works collaboratively to ensure that every patient receive “whole person” care, addressing all physical, emotional and practical needs to achieve the very best outcome.   

To discuss eligibility or schedule an appointment, please have your patients call (973) 429-6444.  To learn more about our Lung Program, please visit

Join me and my team on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. in the Harries Pavilion at Mountainside Medical Center to talk about lung cancer, and discuss screening options available right here, at your community hospital. 

Steven Herman, M.D. is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Mountainside Medical Center.  He is board-certified in thoracic surgery.



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