You take about 20,000 breaths a day. So it’s easy to see why lung cancer can significantly impact your overall health — it can literally take your breath away.
Lung screening is a test to look for signs of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people. The goal of lung screening is to detect lung cancer at a very early stage — when it’s more likely to be cured. Studies show lung screening reduces the risk of dying of lung cancer. The screening includes an initial telephone assessment and tobacco cessation resources for active smokers. People who meet high-risk criteria are scheduled for a personal visit for further education and a low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scan.
Lung screening is available for people with the greatest risk of lung cancer, including:
People between the ages of 55 and 80, current or past smokers, and smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years; OR
People between the ages of 50 and 80, a current or past smokers, and smoked a pack a day for 20 or more years AND have at least one of the following:
Lung cancer more than five years ago and have been cured
A father, mother, sister or brother with history of lung cancer
Been told they have chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema or exposure to asbestos
Discuss the benefits and risks of lung screening with your health care provider. Together you can review your risk of lung cancer and decide whether screening is right for you.