Lung Cancer

Current and former smokers can be screened for early detection of lung cancer

The goal is to help individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer receive a diagnosis and treatment for their disease at an early stage when it is easier to treat and possibly cure. 

What is a lung cancer screening? 

Lung cancer screening looks for signs of lung cancer before you feel symptoms from the disease. Low-dose CT scan is the test now recommended to screen for lung cancer. Screening allows for earlier diagnosis and treatment, which may slow or even stop from progressing. Many lung cancer deaths can be prevented by screening high-risk people every year. 

Why is a lung cancer screening important? 

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. It is estimated that over 221,200 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Lung cancer has traditionally been undetectable until it has reached a late, often incurable stage. With advances in technology and cancer research, there are now proven and effective ways to screen for lung cancer at its earliest stages. 

Who can participate in the lung cancer screening program? 

Those who may be eligible candidates and could benefit from this screening include: 

  • Smokers and former smokers with no current signs or symptoms of lung cancer 
  • Those age 55 to 80 years old 
  • Current or former smokers with at least 30 years smoking 1 pack a day OR 
  • Current or former smokers with at least 15 years smoking 2 packs a day 

How do I learn more and schedule an appointment? 

A physician order is required for a low-dose CT scan. If you feel you meet the screening guidelines, please talk to your physician.

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