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What is a Lung Cancer Screening?

What is a Lung Cancer Screening?

CT Scans for Lung Cancer Screenings

Like most other forms of cancer, early detection is key when it comes to effectively treating lung cancer because finding the disease earlier on may allow treatment to work better before it spreads. Screenings are necessary because they are done to look for abnormalities in the lungs when there aren't necessarily any symptoms present that suggest the presence of lung cancer.

According to the CDC, low-dose CT scans are the only recommended test when it comes to screening for the presence of lung cancer. During the scan, an x-ray machine takes detailed images of your lungs, allowing doctors to get an accurate view of them to look for any abnormalities.

When is Screening Appropriate?

While getting regular lung cancer screenings isn't appropriate for everyone, it is recommended that people who have a history of heavy smoking get tested yearly. This is especially true if they fit the following criteria:

  • They are current smokers.
  • They have quit smoking in the past 15 years.
  • They are between the ages of 55 and 80.

Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For

While screenings can be done when no symptoms are present, there are some warning signs that may suggest the presence of lung cancer or another issue affecting the health of your lungs. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should talk with your primary care doctor:

  • Persistent coughing that continues to worsen or doesn’t go away.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Chest tightness or pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Wheezing.
  • Feeling lethargic all the time.
  • Unexplained weight loss.

It is important to note that these symptoms don’t always point to the presence of lung cancer. Assess your current health status and identify those medical or lifestyle conditions that may lead to the development of lung cancer by taking a free health risk assessment today.

Imaging Services in Titusville

Parrish Healthcare's network of diagnostic imaging centers provides a full range of services to support fast and accurate results when it comes to diagnostic imaging. Whether you need a CT scan or X-rays, our imaging centers are nationally accredited by the American College of Radiography (ACR), assuring that you receive expert, quality, and safe service.

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