Lung Cancer: Are You at Risk?
Screening leads to early detection—and lives saved
Lung cancer can be deadly when it is not detected early. That is because people rarely have symptoms until after the disease has spread, and it is often too late for a cure. The good news is that early-stage lung cancer can be successfully treated. The other good news is that for certain appropriate people who are at high risk, there is a way to screen for lung cancer.
Evidence-based guidelines now agree that yearly screening is appropriate for individuals aged 55 to 74 who are in relatively good health and who either currently smoke or who have quit within the last 15 years, and the amount smoked equals an average of 30 or more pack years. A pack year means smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for a year. You could have a 30 pack year history by smoking 1 pack a day for 30 years, or 2 packs a day for 15 years.
If you think you should be screened for lung cancer, or you are not sure, you can ask your own doctor. Or, you can call 551-996-5960 for more information about the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening for yourself or a loved one.
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