DID YOU KNOW?
SHOULD I BE SCREENED FOR LUNG CANCER?
Currently, lung cancer screening is recommended (and covered by most insurance plans and Medicare) for those who are between the ages of 55-80, have a smoking history of 30 years or more (an average of one pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, etc.), and are current smokers or have quit in the past 15 years. While there is ongoing research to determine who else may be at high risk of developing lung cancer, this is the group we know is at highest risk.
What You Need to Know about Lung Cancer Screening
If you are a current or former smoker, your risk of developing lung cancer may be up to 25 times higher than someone who never smoked. A CT scan is the only proven effective way to screen for lung cancer.
If you are considering being screened for lung cancer, it is important that you and your healthcare team make this informed decision together. There are important benefits to being screened for lung cancer, but as with all tests, there are also risks to consider. You should discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.
WHAT IS SCREENING?
Screening is testing with a CT scan which can identify small nodules or other abnormalities in your lungs. Finding a problem at an early stage, before there are symptoms, may make it easier to treat.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Studies have shown that screening those at high risk with CT scans before symptoms appear can find lung cancer early when it is easier to treat and more likely to be cured. In addition, lung cancer screening might also show if you have other conditions or diseases that need to be treated.
Even though lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in men & women in every ethnic group, a widely accepted screening tool for early-stage lung cancer has not been available until recently.
That’s why the US Preventative Services Task Force has recently recommended lung cancer screening for at-risk patients. The earlier lung cancer can be detected, the more treatable it is and the more lives can be saved.
Why choose SDMI for my Lung Cancer Screening?