Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the U.S. and worldwide.
Now there's a screening for lung cancer that can help detect tumors early, saving lives.
Without low dose CT screening (LDCT), lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends that high-risk individuals undergo annual LDCT screening.
A Computerized tomography (CT) screening uses a series of x-ray images and computer processing to show images of organs, tissue, and bones inside the body.
Lung Cancer Screening Criteria
You may be in a high risk group if you are?
· 55-74 years old
· Currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
· Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or more
· No history of lung cancer
LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The exam takes less than 30 seconds. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changed as you are not wearing metals. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least 6 seconds while the chest scan is being taken.
· Complete a 5 minute telephone screening and questionnaire
· If you meet the criteria, your free CT scan will be scheduled.
For individuals who meet criteria, the CT scan is at no cost.
Please note: If any follow-up testing is
necessary it is usually covered by