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Bryant Gumbel's Lung Cancer Diagnosis Sheds Light on the Importance of Early Cancer Detection

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Cancer News J E 4
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The College of American Pathologists Offers Free Web site -- www.MyBiopsy.org -- to Help Patients Understand this Deadly Disease

WHAT: In 2010, more than 159,000 people will die from lung cancer. Bryant Gumbel's announcement that he has lung cancer reminds us of the important role prevention and early detection play in the fight against cancer.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081119/CAPLOGO)

Pathologists, physicians who examine cells, fluids, and tissues to diagnose lung cancer and other diseases, 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.

The College of American Pathologists has an online resource -- www.MyBiopsy.org -- for patients and their loved ones to help them better understand their illness and receive accurate information about their diagnosis. On the site, visitors can find comprehensive information about a lung cancer diagnosis, questions to ask their doctor, a glossary of key terms, and images of normal and diseased cells.

WHO: Gene N. Herbek, MD, FCAP, from 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. Dr. Herbek diagnoses lung cancer in his practice on a regular basis and participates in weekly lung tumor conferences that review the diagnosis and plan treatment for patients. He is available to explain the treatment options lung cancer patients have and how early detection influences care. Dr. Herbek also can speak to MyBiopsy.org.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 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.

CONTACT: Carolyn Barth, +1-800-323-4040 ext. 7185, cbarth@cap.org, or Julie Monzo, +1-800-323-4040 ext. 7538, jmonzo@cap.org, both of College of American Pathologists

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Dec. 14/

SOURCE College of American Pathologists
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