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Rockford Pulmonary Clinic

Rockford

Lung cancer and risk factors

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and early detection is critical for successful treatment. While smoking is the most common risk factor for lung cancer, there are other factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing the disease.

Some common risk factors for lung cancer include:

1. Smoking: This is the most significant risk factor for lung cancer, as smokers are 15 to 30 times more likely to develop the disease than non-smokers.

2. Exposure to secondhand smoke: Non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke also have an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

3. Exposure to radon: Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil and rock. It can seep into buildings and increase the risk of lung cancer.

4. Exposure to asbestos and other chemicals: People who work in certain industries, such as construction and manufacturing, may be exposed to asbestos and other chemicals that increase the risk of lung cancer.

5. Family history: People with a family history of lung cancer may be at increased risk for the disease.

While some risk factors for lung cancer cannot be avoided, such as family history and exposure to radon, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of lung cancer. Avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, and other chemicals can also help.

If you are at increased risk for lung cancer, talk to your physician about screening. The American Cancer Society recommends that people at high risk for lung cancer receive an annual low-dose CT scan to detect lung cancer early. At RPC, we offer an online quiz to help determine if you are at high risk for lung cancer and should consider screening. You can also contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nafsi to discuss your risk factors and screening options.

Remember, early detection is key to successful treatment of lung cancer. Don’t wait until you have symptoms to get screened. Take control of your health and talk to your physician about lung cancer screening today.

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This questionnaire will ask a series of questions about your asthma symptoms over the last 4 weeks.

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How to take the Asthma Control Test™


Step 1
Answer the five questions asked. For each question, make sure you read all five possible answers before choosing the best one for you.

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Complete the test by clicking 'SUBMIT.'

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If your score is 19 or less, talk to your physician for better control of Asthma.
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In the past 4 weeks, how much of the time did your asthma keep you from getting as much done at work, school or at home?

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During the past 4 weeks, how often have you had shortness of breath?

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During the past 4 weeks, how often did your asthma symptoms (wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain) wake you up at night or earlier than usual in the morning?

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During the past 4 weeks, how often have you used your rescue inhaler or nebulizer medication (such as albuterol)?

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How would you rate your asthma control during the past 4 weeks?

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Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Screen for excessive sleepiness or follow response to treatment for a sleep disorder
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Please answer the questions to the best of your ability. This will give us a score which is suggestive of excessive sleepiness. 

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Chance of dozing off while sitting and reading?

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Chance of dozing off while watching TV?

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Chance of dozing off while Sitting, inactive in a public place?

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Chance of dozing off as a passenger in a car for an hour without a break? ?

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Chance of dozing off while lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit?

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Chance of dozing off while sitting and talking to someone?

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Chance of dozing off while sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol?

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Chance of dozing off while in a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic?

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Lung Cancer Screening

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If you answered yes to all three questions, you are at high risk for lung cancer. Please contact your doctor for lung cancer screening CT chest or call RPC to schedule one.