John Muir Health is one of the country’s leading institutes in researching early lung cancer detection techniques when the cancer is most treatable.
John Muir Health has developed its own program for tracking at-risk patients.
To this end, we are participants in the pioneering International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) and have developed the in-house Pulmonary Nodule Program, which proactively tracks patients who have abnormal x-rays and notifies their physicians when those patients need follow-up exams.
With lung cancer being the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, detecting it early is critical for successful treatment. It is important that you see a doctor if you are experiencing certain symptoms or have certain risk factors, such as a history of heavy smoking even if you’ve already quit. Heavy smoking or exposure via secondhand smoke accounts for 87 percent of all lung cancer cases.
Through our participation in the I-ELCAP early lung cancer detection study, we have been able to detect a patient’s lung cancer before symptoms set in. To be eligible for participation, you must:
- Be between 40-80 years old
- Have a long history of heavy smoking
- Or have an immediate family member with lung cancer
- Or have been exposed to radon gas or asbestos
Please contact us if you are interested participating in the study or want more information: (925) 674-2660.
Pulmonary Health Fair
Every October, John Muir Health hosts a pulmonary health fair dedicated to educating the community about lung disease. Various breathing tests are administered for free to test the health of your lungs, and are encouraged for anyone who is at least 45 and has had a history of being a smoker.