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Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers. In 2007, lung cancer will account for about 15 percent of all cancer diagnoses and 29 percent of all cancer deaths.
It is the second most diagnosed cancer in men and women (after prostate and breast, respectively), but it is the No. 1 cause of death from cancer each year in both men and women.
Because lung cancer can take years to develop, it is mostly found in older people. The average age of a person receiving a lung cancer diagnosis is 69 years.
Overall, lung cancer affects men more than women, but that gap is closing.
In 2007, an estimated 114,760 men and an estimated 98,620 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer and an estimated 89,510 men and an estimated 70,880 women will die from it.
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Taylor Regional Hospital will host an educational program featuring Dr. Zewdu Lissanu on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 pm. The program will be in the TRH meeting room.
Lissanu is a board certified medical oncologist who has joined medical staff at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at Taylor Regional Hospital. He received his medical degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and has completed a residency program at Woodhull Medical & Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He has also completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Lissanu is no stranger to Kentucky, however, as he operated a private practice in hematology and oncology in Somerset from 2001 to 2006.
For more information, call 789-5814.