The Lung Cancer Screening Program Are you a smoker? Have you quit? Are you worried that even though you quit, you might have lung cancer?
These are valid concerns that plague many past and present smokers, especially since cigarette smoking contributes to lung cancer and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Patients with lung cancer usually don’t get symptoms until later in the disease’s progression.
Recent research has shown that lung cancer can be detected early by doing a low-dose CT (computed tomography) screening. This early-detection screening is estimated to reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent. Because of this, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that people at very high risk for lung cancer – including current and former smokers – get yearly screenings.
DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center is now a regional provider of this vitally important low-dose CT screening test. Appointments are easy to make and the screening takes less than five minutes. If the results are normal, those who smoke will have an opportunity to discuss a variety of smoking cessation programs. If abnormal results are found, follow-up testing can be scheduled directly in DEBORAH’s Pulmonary or Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Clinic, where an integrated team of specialists can plan further management.
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