Lung cancer kills more Kentuckians than any other cancer, and it often goes undiagnosed until too advanced for treatment. Finding lung cancer early can improve the chances of survival and give you more treatment options.
A low-dose CT, or LDCT, scan is the only test shown to reduce lung cancer death, and it is recommended each year for individuals who are at high risk.
Who should be screened for lung cancer?
■ Men and women ages 55 to 80
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■ Those who have smoked a pack a day for 30 years and are still smoking.
■ Those used to smoke a pack a day for 30 years and quit less than 15 years ago.
What happens during a lung cancer screening?
The screening is painless and takes about five minutes. It doesn't require needles or fasting. There is a low amount of radiation, lower than a regular CT scan.
Can a screening diagnose lung cancer?
A LDCT does not diagnose cancer, but it lets you and your doctors know if there is something suspicious. A diagnosis of lung cancer made by examining a piece of tissue obtained by biopsy. A specialist can look at tissue under a microscope and determine whether it is cancer.
What happens if the screening finds something?
If the screening finds something, it does not necessarily mean that it is lung cancer. Based on its size and appearance, doctors might not be concerned, or they might want to repeat the screening to monitor changes. They also might recommend a biopsy.
What's the most important thing I can do to prevent lung cancer?
The single best prevention is to not smoke, or to quit if you do.
Talk to your doctor about whether lung cancer screening is right for you, and how to reduce your chances of developing lung cancer. For more information about screening and smoking cessation, go to Terminatelungcancer.com.