Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States today, according to the American Cancer Society. The challenge that newly diagnosed lung cancer patients often face is that they are diagnosed once they are already experiencing advanced stages of the illness. Detecting lung cancer before it causes symptoms may help an individual beat the disease when it is more treatable.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s lung cancer screening program can help to identify lung cancers at their earliest and most treatable stages. The use of Low Dose CT (CAT scan) screening to detect lung cancer is similar to the use of mammograms to detect breast cancer or colonoscopies to detect colon cancer.
The national guidelines for Low Dose CT lung cancer screening target those most at risk.
Do You Qualify For A Low Dose CT Screening?
You do if:
- You are 55 to 80 years old
- You are a current smoker or a former smoker who has quit within the past 15 years
- You have no prior history of lung cancer
- You have smoked at least 1 pack of cigarettes a day for 30 or more years or 2 packs a day for 15 years