Holzer shines light on lung cancer

By Lorna Hart - [email protected]

OHIO VALLEY — November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Holzer Health System is sponsoring a “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” event at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Holzer Center for Cancer Care.

According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, lung cancer causes more deaths each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. Nearly 80 percent of those diagnosed are former or non-smokers.

The American Lung Association states that lung cancer is the leading cause of caner deaths in the United States for both men and women.

Shine a Light, founded by a lung cancer survivor and caregiver, is the largest coordinated awareness event for lung cancer in the U.S. Nearly 300 Shine a Light events will take place in cities across the country as they kick off their seventh annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Nov. 5th as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

This is the first time Holzer Health System has held an event for Lung Cancer Awareness Month and according to Karrie Swain Davidson, communications coordinator for Holzer Health System, she and others at Holzer thought this was a good opportunity to raise awareness in the area.

“We hope our event will provide hope, inspiration, and support for all of those touched by lung cancer,” said Sandy Thomas, program coordinator, low dose CT scan, Holzer Health System. “With the addition of our Low Dose CT Talin services, we are excited to team with Shine a Light and offer a community event during Lung Cancer Awareness Month.”

“Lung cancer affects so many in our communities,” said Ken Moore, executive director, Holzer Center for Cancer Care. “This event will create awareness and education on the preventative measures that are available here locally.”

The event will feature guest speaker Dr. Melva Pinn-Bingham, radiation oncology, Holzer Center for Cancer Care, and Stephanie Harbour, whose mother, Kay Mayo, was diagnosed and passed away from lung cancer.

Lung cancer is most successfully treated when detected before it begins causing symptoms. Screenings are recommended as a tool in early detection and it is hoped that screening will increase survival and quality of life for those who are diagnosed with lung cancer.

Holzer offers low dose CT scan services in Gallipolis and Athens. Individuals who are eligible to receive the low-dose CT scan include patients age 55-77, and are smokers or who have quit within the last 15 years with a smoking history of at least 30 packs per year. Pack-years are calculated by multiplying the average number of packs of cigarettes a person smokes per day by the number of years a person has smoked.

The public is invited to attend the Shine a Light event to learn more about lung cancer and Holzer’s low dose CT services. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call (740) 441-3905.

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext.2551.


By Lorna Hart

[email protected]