Lung cancer screening saves lives! More than 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer every year, but early detection helps improves survival rates. That’s why California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), as part of its Thoracic Oncology Program, offers low-dose radiation CT scans to people at high risk for lung cancer.
A recent National Cancer Institute study gave annual low-dose CTs to people between the ages of 55 and 74 who had a heavy smoking history but were otherwise symptom-free. They found that the low-dose CTs improved mortality from lung cancer by 20 percent compared to screenings with annual chest x-rays.
CPMC offers screenings if you meet the following criteria as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:
- You are 55-77 years old.
- You smoked the equivalent of a pack per day for 30 years.
- You are still smoking or quit smoking within the last 15 years.
- You are asymptomatic, have no weight loss or chronic cough, and are not coughing up blood.