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Lung Cancer & Early Detection

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Lung Cancer & Early Detection

Understanding Lung Cancer Screenings

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer is the third most common form of cancer affecting American adults. When found in its earlier stages—when growths are smaller and haven’t spread—lung cancer is more likely to respond positively to treatment.

Because lung cancer doesn’t typically cause noticeable physical symptoms until it has progressed significantly, it is imperative that people who are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer get routine screenings. However, you may be wondering how lung cancer screenings work.

Here’s what you should know.

Low-Dose CT Scans

Low-dose CT (LDCT) scans are the only recommended screening that is done to detect the early stages of lung cancer. During an LDCT, you lie on a table where an X-ray machine uses a low dose of radiation to take detailed images of your lungs. This allows your technician and doctors to see any abnormalities or causes for concern.

Screening Recommendations

It is recommended that the following groups of people have annual lung cancer screenings:

  • Adults between 50 and 80 years old of average risk.
  • Current smokers.
  • Adults who have quit smoking within the past 15 years,
  • Adults with at least a 20 pack-year smoking history.
    • This is the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day multiplied by the number of years you’ve been smoking.
    • I.e. a person smoking 2 packs a day for 10 years has 20 pack years.

If you have additional questions about your lung health, be sure to reach out to your primary care physician.

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