Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and smoking is the main risk factor. Even if you’ve quit, cancer can appear. With no symptoms until the advanced stage‚ early detection may save your life.
A low-dose Computerized Tomography (CT) lung cancer screening is the only proven test to find lung cancer in the early stages. CT is an x-ray technology that uses low doses of radiation to scan the body and produce a series of detailed pictures of the lungs. CT is more accurate than traditional x-ray at identifying early stage cancer when it is most treatable.
HOW DO I GET SCREENED?
A doctor’s order is required for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening. Shared decision making between a patient and a physician is an important component of the screening process. Talk to your doctor or schedule an appointment with Med Center Health Primary Care. Our physicians help patients understand the risks, benefits, what the results mean and what to do after the screening.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
A low-dose CT lung cancer screening may be available free of charge if you are:
• 55–80 years old AND
• a current heavy smoker* OR
• a former heavy smoker who quit within the last 15 years.
*A heavy smoker is someone who has a smoking history of a pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, or three packs a day for 10 years.