The lung cancer rates for the Asian/Pacific Islander community near Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center are more than five times higher than the U.S. average. This comes at a time when overall lung cancer rates, among all races, are falling in the U.S. and Maryland.

Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer. It’s also the deadliest, says the American Cancer Society. There are ways to reduce your risk. The most effective is to quit smoking or never start. Also try avoiding:

  • Radon exposure
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Other pollutants

Research shows lung cancer develops at a younger age in Asians.  It is also more common in Asians – especially Asian women – who don’t smoke because of certain genetic characteristics.

The earlier someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, the more effective the treatments and outcomes. Studies show this is especially true for Asians, who tend to have a better overall prognosis.

ShadyGroveAdventistHospital, along with Shady Grove Radiology in Germantown, held a low-dose CT lung cancer screening for the high-risk Asian population in April. The screenings were so well received that Shady Grove is holding a second round on June 16 and 23.  We will connect anyone with a suspicious reading to a doctor for follow-up screening and care.