When caught in its earliest stages, lung cancer treatments are more successful and survival rates are higher. Lung cancer prognosis will vary greatly from one person to another but one fact is clear—low-dose CT lung screening reduces the risk of dying from lung cancer. In fact, annual screenings with CT scans aid in finding lung cancers in their earliest stages, when up to 90% can be cured.
Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer screening with low-dose CT is recommended for men and women who are considered to be at high risk for developing lung cancer. If you meet the following high- risk criteria, talk to your doctor about a CT lung screening test.
- Between 55-80 years old
- Currently smoke or quit within the past 15 years
- Have a 30 pack-year smoking history (or more)
How to Calculate Your Pack-Year Smoking History
You can calculate your pack-year smoking history using one of the simple formulas below:
- Pack-Years = (number of packs smoked per day) x (number of years smoked)
- Pack-Years = (number of cigarettes smoked per day/20) x (number of years smoked)
Lung Cancer May Be Present Long Before Symptoms Are Present
One of the reasons that lung cancer is so deadly is because symptoms aren’t often noticed until the disease has reached an advanced stage. Lung cancer prognosis when diagnosed early is far better than when it is diagnosed later. If you are at high risk for developing lung cancer, get a lung screening before you notice symptoms.
Your Lung Cancer Screening at Raleigh Radiology
Raleigh Radiology offers low-dose CT Lung Screening at four convenient locations throughout Wake County, including Blue Ridge, Cedarhurst, Cary, and Brier Creek. The exam is covered by Medicare and many other private insurance providers. Learn more about low-dose CT lung screening on our website or call your preferred center with questions or to schedule your exam.