Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. today. Are you at risk?
- Are you age 55 – 77 years old?
- Have you smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years or more?
- Do you currently smoke or did you quit within the past 15 years?
If you answered yes to these questions, you are considered high risk for lung cancer and should be screened. Talk to your primary care physician for a lung cancer screening referral.
This screening can give at-risk patients the best opportunity to fully recover if cancer is found.
The Day of Your Screening
On the day of your screening, check-in at the Strecker registration desk (level G) before going to the lung health care navigator’s office in the Strecker Cancer Center, level B. Upon arrival, you’ll meet with our navigator, who specializes in lung health and treatment, to receive personalized information and education. Next, you will be taken for your low dose CT, which is a rapid, non-invasive test that produces detailed, three-dimensional images of the lungs. A radiologist will review the CT scan for abnormalities and the navigator will contact you with the results.
Early Detection is the Key to Survival
Most often, lung cancer is symptom free until it has progressed beyond the stage where curative treatment is an option. This is why lung cancer screening for early detection is vital to save lives.
The only test proven to lower the risk of dying from lung cancer is a low dose CT. This is similar to a conventional CT, but uses much less radiation.This procedure is now covered by most insurances for lung cancer screening, so talk to your primary care physician today to see if this screening is right for you.
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