Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also the leading cause of cancer death, with more people dying of lung cancer each year than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Fortunately, if found early, when it is small and has not spread, lung cancer is more likely to be successfully treated.
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens offers low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) to screen for lung cancer. The LDCT scan produces quality high quality images necessary to detect many abnormalities while using significantly less radiation than chest CT scans. The use of this screening test 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 lung cancer screening?
Low-dose CT scans are recommended for people who:
- Are between 55 to 80 years old (Medicare covers Low Dose CT Scans for patients 55 to 77 years old)
- Currently smoke or have quit smoking within the past 15 years
- Have no prior history of lung cancer
- Have smoked at least 1 pack of cigarettes a day for 30 or more years or 2 packs a day for 15 years