Lung cancer can be serious. Symptoms of lung cancer are often mistaken for other problems, such as an infection or effects from smoking, or sometimes don’t appear until the disease is already at an advanced, non-curable stage. If lung cancer is found at an earlier stage, people have a better chance of living longer.
Because CT Lung Screenings can detect even very small nodules in the lung, they are especially effective for diagnosing lung cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage.
Who should get a lung screening?
CT Lung Screening is for high-risk people who meet the following criteria:
- Are age 50 or older who currently smoke or have quit within the last 15 years
- Have a smoking history that is the equivalent of 1 pack/day for 20 years
- Have experienced asbestos exposure or have obstructive airway disease
- Have a smoking history and additional risk factors such as radon exposure, occupational exposures, COPD, and pulmonary fibrosis
- Are not experiencing symptoms related to lung cancer