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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States, causing more deaths than colon, breast and pancreatic cancers combined.

Dr. Peter Seirafi, Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery and the Lung Cancer Screening Program at Columbus Regional Medical Center, stopped by the WTVM studio to explain the best way to detect and treat lung cancer early in order to save lives.  

Seirafi says a recent Wall Street Journal article that says CT scans find more early stage tumors than chest exams is no surprise.

"The key is, if you catch it early, you're able to treat ‘em earlier," says Seirafi. "Better long term survival and better outcomes."

Seirafi says the best chance for surviving early stage lung cancer, for patients who can tolerate it, is surgical resection. For patients who are not surgical candidates, radiation therapy and chemo therapy are the best options.

The most important thing, Seirafi says, is to understand that 90 percent of lung cancer is due to tobacco use, while only 10 percent of lung cancers are due to other factors such as family history, asbestos exposure and radon exposure.

Seirafi will be talking more about lung cancer screening at the 4th Annual John B. Amos Lecture Series. A speaker from Duke University will also be talking about lung cancer screening nationwide. The event will take place Thursday, May 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the CSU Cunningham Conference Center. For more information, call 706-660-6106.   

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