Lung cancer screening with a low-dose tomography (also known as low-dose CT or LDCT) scan is the only current, proven method that can detect lung cancer earlier, before symptoms occur, when it is more treatable and even curable.
What is Screening?
Screening is testing with a low-dose computed tomography (low-dose CT or LDCT) which can identify small nodules or other abnormalities in your lungs.
Who Should be Screened?
Currently, lung cancer screening is recommended for a specific high-risk population. There is ongoing research to determine who else may have an elevated risk of developing lung cancer.
Talk to Your Doctor
Talk to your doctor about your risk for lung cancer and if a low-dose CT scan makes sense for you. Be sure to include details about your family history, environmental exposures and smoking history.
Existing High-Risk Criteria
- You are between the ages of 55 – 80
- You have a 30 pack-year smoking history
- You are a current smoker or quit within the last 15 years
*The criteria above is recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). If you do not meet the high risk criteria but are concerned you are at risk for lung cancer, talk with your doctor about whether screening is right for you.
The Risks and Benefits of Screening
If you are at-risk for lung cancer and considering being screened, it’s important that you and your healthcare provider discuss the benefits and risks before making an informed decision together. Download our Patient Screening Guide and Patient Email Infographic.
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