Lung cancer is the leading USA cause of death (more than breast, cancer prostate, colon and pancreas cancer combined) per National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Early detection showed could save over 70,000 lives a year in the United States.
If you are at high risk you would want to cut your chance of death by 20%.
Consider these 3 questions to decide if you’re at high risk for lung cancer.
- Are you between 55 and 80 years of age?
- Have you smoked to a 30 pack year* or greater?
*pack year = # of years smoked x # packs/day
- Do you now smoke or have you quit within the last 15 years?
Yes to all three? Then you are at high risk and should be screened for lung cancer or wait for symptoms to develop.
The decision to screen should be done jointly with a physician who must order an imaging study – CT or a CAT scan. Small slices through your lung tissue create digital images identifying abnormal lung tissue. This scan requires radiation exposure and not a routine study.
Prevention; Always key smoking a well-known cause of lung cancer should be stopped or never started. There are people who develop lung cancer who have not smoked the culprit could be secondary smoke exposure.