Sulick of Wake Forest had been a pack-a-day smoker for nearly 25 years. Like most smokers, she knew about the dangers of long-term cigarette use. Even after she quit, she knew it was possible that she could develop lung cancer someday—or that she might have it already. Then she got something in the mail that changed her life: an issue of Duke Raleigh Hospital’s Healthy Focus magazine.
“I saw an article about this new lung cancer screening program at the hospital,” Shirley recalled. “It listed the criteria for people who are eligible, which I met. So I called the number and set up an appointment.”