Talk with a Doc on Lung Cancer, Nov 15

November 1, 2018

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Join Dr. Scott Skibo, pulmonologist with Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC), for a presentation on “Lung Cancer: Improving outcomes through early detection, diagnosis and treatment" on Thursday Nov.15 6 PM at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. 

Lung cancer is often dismissed as a ‘smoker’s disease’ as 87% of all lung cancers in the United States are smoking-related. But exposure to secondhand smoke also increase the risk of lung cancer. According to a General Surgeon Report, nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 30 percent. You may read this full report at

”Despite the significant recent advances in lung cancer care, the best opportunity to improve outcomes remains with early detection and rapid diagnosis,” says Dr. Scott Skibo, Pulmonologist with HRMC.

Lung cancer is one of five of the most common types of cancer diagnosed for residents of Haywood County according to the Haywood County Health & Human Services Department. Early detection and rapid diagnosis using minimally invasive techniques at Haywood Regional could help catch potentially cancerous spots at their earliest and most treatable stage. Patient Linda Shepherd, 77, underwent a navigation bronchoscopy after complaints of a sore throat. She says, “I had quit smoking years ago. Not many people find their cancer and have it out in 2 weeks. That’s what this did for me. Isn’t that amazing?” Linda is now cancer free.

Dr. Skibo will address the detection and diagnostic methods available, and discuss how this fits into the bigger picture of improving lung cancer outcomes in Western North Carolina.  Dr. Skibo will speak while patrons enjoy a healthy meal and he will answer questions following the seminar. To attend this complimentary dinner program, please call 800-424-DOCS (3627) to reserve your space. RSVP is required to attend.

About Dr. Skibo

Scott D. Skibo, MD, FCCP, completed his Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Prior to his fellowship, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester, NY. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology/Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

He is Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He has been elected a fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians. During his career, Dr. Skibo has been a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Instructor of Medicine at Brown University School of Medicine, and Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Skibo practices a full spectrum of Pulmonary Medicine, but has a particular focus in the area of Thoracic Oncology. Pulmonary Specialists of WNC is accepting new patients. You may call 828.452.8740 to schedule an appointment, or visit for more information.