What is Lung Cancer Screening?
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S, with more people dying of lung cancer than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. More than half of the patients have metastases (spread of cancer to other parts of the body) by the time of diagnosis. The goal of Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening is to detect lung cancer when it has the best chance of being cured. Lung cancer screening looks for signs of this disease before there are any symptoms in patients who are at high risk. Modeled after mammography, which has been successful in detecting breast cancer, Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening uses state of the art computed tomography (CT) to take pictures of the lungs to detect potentially treatable lung cancers.
Should You Be Screened?
Individuals who meet all of the requirements listed below should have a conversation with their doctor or healthcare provider about receiving annual CT Lung Cancer Screenings.
- Men and Women Aged 55 – 80
- Current Smoker or Former Smoker who quit in the last 15 years
- Individuals with at least a 30 pack a year history of smoking
- Individuals who would be willing and be able to under go treatment
- Do Not have any signs or symptoms of Lung Cancer