Lung Cancer Screening

Each year approximately 226,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. (Source: American Cancer Society)

Known as the "silent killer," lung cancer can develop without symptoms early in the disease. Most cases of lung cancer are found in later stages without any symptoms. To help detect lung cancer earlier and increase the chances of long-term survival, Piedmont Oncology offers lung cancer screenings using low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans of the lungs for high-risk individuals.

CT lung screening is a test that takes just a few minutes. Research indicates that early detection with a CT screening may reduce the odds of lung cancer death by up to 20% compared to conventional X-rays.

What Are The Risk Factors For Lung Cancer?

Major risk factors for lung cancer include tobacco use and exposure to cancer-causing substances. These substances include many chemicals, gases, and inhaled dust particles found commonly both in the workplace and the environment.

What are the eligibility criteria for Low-Dose CT (LDCT) Lung Screening?

To qualify:

  • Age 50-77

  • Smoking history of 20 pack years (one pack a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years)

  • Current smoker or stopped in the last 15 years or less

  • No current pulmonary symptoms, such as worsening cough, coughing up blood, or shortness of breath

  • No unexplained weight loss

If you think you may be at risk for lung cancer, call your physician to see if you meet the eligibility criteria for a low-dose CT (LDCT) screening exam.

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