For those who qualify for CT lung screening, the process greatly increases the chances of identifying lung cancer in its earlier stages. And when cancer is found early, there are typically more options for treatment. Please read through the following criteria to see if cancer screening may be a beneficial step for you.
Should you be screened?
- Are you between the ages of 55 and 80?
- Are you asymptomatic?
- Have you smoked 30 pack-years* or more?
- Are you a current smoker, or have you been a smoker within the past 15 years?
* A pack-year is used to measure your cigarette consumption. Smoking a pack a day is equivalent to 1 pack-year. Therefore, if you have smoked a pack a day for 30 years (or 2 packs a day for 15 years), then you have smoked 30 pack-years.