Lung cancer is the #1 killer of men and women in the United States and the world. Yet of all the deadliest cancers—lung, prostate, breast, colorectal—lung has been the only one without a routine screening, until now.
Lung cancer screenings can catch lung cancer before symptoms occur. The earlier lung cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. By the time many people show symptoms of disease, the cancer has already progressed.
We offer screenings through our Lung Cancer Screening Program. A lung cancer screening is a 10-second, low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan.
What to expect during a lung cancer screening
Lung cancer screenings take less than 10 seconds and do not require any medications or needles. You can stay clothed during the exam.
Am I a candidate for lung cancer screening?
To be considered a candidate for a lung cancer screening you must have:
- No lung cancer symptoms (these include fever, chest pain, new or changing cough, newly developed shortness of breath, coughing up blood, unexplained weight loss)
- No known metastatic disease (cancer that has spread beyond the original tumor site)
- No diagnosis of lung cancer within the past five years
Additionally, you must fall under one of two categories:
- Age 55 to 77
- On average, have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years
- Currently smoke or have quit within the last 15 years
- Age 50 to 77
- Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years
- Currently smoke or have smoked in the past
- Have at least one other lung cancer risk factor, which include:
- Previous cancer
- Family history of lung cancer
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Exposure to asbestos, asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, radon, silica, and uranium
To learn more about our Lung Cancer Screening Program, call 1-855-794-LUNG (5864).