Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. Most lung cancer occurs in current or former cigarette smokers, and most with the disease die because they were diagnosed at an advanced stage.
New studies show that an annual low-dose computed tomographic (CT) screening can reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent. The goal of screening is to detect disease at its most treatable stage, before symptoms begin. Low-dose CT screening (also called LDCT) takes a series of detailed pictures capable of detecting many lung diseases and abnormalities, using up to 90 percent less radiation than a normal CT scan.
Those at high risk for developing lung cancer should consider this simple, painless test, particularly if you are:
- Age 55 to 77.
- A current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
- Have a history of at least 30 years of smoking an average of one pack a day.
If you are a healthcare provider, click here for more information about SMH’s lung cancer screening program.
Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator: Amie Miller, ARNP. Call 941-917-5864 (LUNG), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.shouldiscreen.com.