Published on: April 05, 2005
Peter Jennings’s Lung Cancer Announcement Reminds Us of the Importance of Early Cancer Diagnosis
Information on how lung cancer is diagnosed and why heeding the warning signs is crucial to combating the disease
WHAT: In 2005 more than 160,000 people will die from lung cancer. ABC news anchorman Peter Jennings’s announcement that he has lung cancer reminds us of the important role prevention and early detection play in the fight against cancer.
Pathologists, physicians who diagnose diseases through laboratory medicine, are uniquely qualified to explain how lung cancer is detected, the role smoking plays in lung cancer, and why discussing possible symptoms as soon as they appear is vital for successful treatment.
WHO: Gene N. Herbek, MD, FCAP, Methodist Health System, Omaha, Neb.
WHY: While in his 20s, Dr. Herbek, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer through a routine chest x-ray. He has since been an advocate for lung health, working with local chapters of the American Lung Society and American Cancer Society. He is available to explain the treatment options lung cancer patients have and how early detection influences care.
The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely recognized as the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high quality and cost-effective patient care.