Lung Cancer Prevention: The Importance of Lung Screenings
Lung cancer found at early stages is easier to treat and may be curable. Lung screenings are important because early detection improves outcomes and saves lives. Our lung specialists encourage patients at high risk for lung cancer to participate in our Lung Cancer Screening Program.
Our specialists provide innovative treatments and individualized care for patients with all types of cancers that affect the lungs, including non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Before receiving a lung screening, your doctor will determine if you meet the high-risk criteria determined by your age, smoking history, and additional risk factors. For example, you have a higher chance of developing lung cancer if you are, or ever have been, a smoker or have been exposed to secondhand smoke.
We proudly offer a comprehensive lung cancer screening program that provides low-dose lung CT screening to current and former smokers at high risk of developing lung cancer. Through this program, we provide low-dose CT screening for patients between the ages of 50 and 80, who currently smoke or quit smoking within the past 15 years. Through this program we also offer navigation and support for any future follow-up or referral needs pertaining to your results.
It is especially important to receive these screenings if you were, or are, a smoker because, in most cases, people don’t experience the symptoms of lung cancer until the disease is already at an advanced stage. Low-dose CT scans help detect abnormal lung areas that may be cancerous.
Your doctor will discuss your next steps, regardless of the results. If you feel you may be high-risk or want to consult your lung screening options with a physician, you can schedule an appointment on our website or by calling our office.