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Supermodel Veronica Webb raises awareness of lung cancer screening

Pushing past her fear, Webb learned how important it is to get screened for lung cancer

May 17, 2023

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Supermodel, mother, fashion icon and blogger Veronica Webb knew that because of her former history of smoking, combined with her age, she could be at high risk for lung cancer. Yet, getting screened for cancer was something that always scared her.

Webb also knew that Black Americans are less likely to get screened for lung cancer compared to White Americans.

“I wanted to be an example for others because I know the impact of lung cancer is not equal.

— Veronica Webb

Low-dose CT scans are painless and not invasive

Webb during her annual screening in November 2022

Webb faced her fears and, no stranger to cameras, documented her first lung screening to show others what she learned: low-dose CT scans are painless and not invasive.

“My doctor wrote the prescription, I called my insurance and I got a pre-authorization. It’s totally painless and, one, two, three, it’s over,” Webb said. “Knowing I was cancer free gave me peace of mind. If the people in your life and the things you want to do in your life mean a lot to you, get screened.”

To learn more about lung cancer screening and if you might be eligible, visit  

Watch Webb’s story

Veronica Webb shares her story

Select factors that increase your risk for lung cancer are:*

A history of smoking
Exposure to certain materials in the environment, such as radon gas, asbestos and secondhand smoke
A family history of lung cancer
Exposure to other materials that cause cancer like arsenic, chromium and nickel

*The above list does not include all risk factors for lung cancer

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Merck launched Focus on Your Lungs in partnership with the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, the Lung Cancer Foundation of America and the Lung Cancer Research foundation to demystify lung cancer screening with educational information and real stories like Webb’s.

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