Lung Cancer screenings begin in Lubbock, Sept. 12 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lung Cancer screenings begin in Lubbock, Sept. 12

Dr. Raed Alalawi, pulmonologist and Texas Tech Physician (Source: KCBD Video) Dr. Raed Alalawi, pulmonologist and Texas Tech Physician (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lung cancer continues to be the leading cancer killer in men and women.

The American Lung Association says lung cancer is blamed for 27 percent of all cancer deaths.

Now for the first time ever in Lubbock, lung cancer screenings will begin on September 12th at the Southwest Cancer Center. Those tests will use a low dose CT scan to find even the tiniest spot of cancer in the lungs.

Dr. Raed Alalawi, a Pulmonologist and Texas Tech Physician, says they are very excited about this new program.

"We've never had a test to detect lung cancer early in the past. We're able to pick up lung cancer at its early stages and we are able to save lives because the study showed a 20% reduction. So we can save 1 in 5 lives we pick up on the screening test."

Dr. Alalawi says smokers who are eligible can also take advantage of a smoking cessation program that will be offered along with the CT screening.

You are eligible for this FREE lung cancer screening if you are between the ages of 55 and 74, and smoke now or have smoked in the past.

Dr. Alalawi adds the best thing to do if you think you might be a candidate is call and find out.

The screenings begin on Monday, September 12th.  Southwest Cancer Center is located at 602 Indiana, on the west side of UMC. To learn more, call 775-8600 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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