The Importance of Screening For Lung Cancer In High Risk Patients

Striking statistics show that even though lung cancer is the biggest killer in America, lung cancer screenings are critically low. Especially for high-risk smokers, low-dose CT scans are vital when monitoring lung health and screening for cancer. If you or  someone you know may be at risk for this deadly cancer, keep reading to increase awareness about lung cancer and how we can fight it.

WHY?

The statistics behind lung cancer are frightening enough to make someone consider a CT scan. As the number one killer in the United States, lung cancer takes the lives of 426 each day with one of the lowest survival rates.

While there are numerous factors that may cause lung cancer, smokers are at the highest risk. Quitting is an important first step, but those who are currently or have been a regular smoker are still at risk.

WHAT IS A LOW-DOSE CT?

Low-dose CT scans are vital for smokers because they can catch lung cancer at its earliest stages. This simple procedure takes images of the lung which can help detect cancer. Screening CT alone could save 15,000 lives if only half the high-risk population was screened.

WHO NEEDS A LUNG CT?

CT scans are life-changing for some, but not recommended for everyone. Those who are at high-risk should undergo regular lung cancer screenings. For those at high risk, patients are covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans. This lifesaving scan can is available the most people with almost no cost. Current smokers and people over the age of 55 are the first that should consider taking advantage of the low costs and undergoing a CT scan.

If you’re at risk for lung cancer, take our advice and undergo a low-dose CT scan. Our radiologist can provide you with personalized results that will help keep your mind at ease or help you fight lung cancer successfully. Call us to schedule and be proactive about your health.

 

 

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