About Lung Cancer Treatment
Lung cancer screening is a regular preventive health check, like a mammogram or a colonoscopy. The purpose of screening is to check your lungs while you are feeling healthy and to look for any changes from year to year. If there’s something unusual in the lungs, a screening may be able to find it at an early stage.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Lung cancer screening is meant to find lung cancer at an earlier stage when survival rates are better.
LOW-DOSE LUNG SCREENING HAS PROVEN CLINICAL RESULTS
Research shows that annual low-dose lung screening can detect lung cancer at earlier stages, increase survival rates, and provide results using less radiation than a standard chest CT scan. Low-dose CT screening is the only preventive measure recommended to detect lung cancer.
Who is at Risk for Lung Cancer?
If you are 55 or older, smoking now or quit within the past 15 years, and have a smoking history of 30 pack-years, you qualify as high risk for lung cancer. To find out your pack-years, multiply the number of cigarette packs smoked per day by the number of years you have smoked.