Lung cancer screening is a quick and painless exam that has been proven to reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer in patients at high risk. Low Dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening can help to diagnose lung cancers in their earliest stages, when up to 90% of cases can be cured.
What is lung cancer?
In the human body, cells are constantly undergoing a process of growth, division, and death. Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells continue to divide, forming a tumor.
Lung Cancer Symptoms
The symptoms of lung cancer often develop very slowly over time and may not be recognizable until the disease is advanced. The most common lung cancer symptoms occur in the chest and include:
- Persistent cough
- Changes in the voice, or becoming hoarse
- Changes in the color of the mucus that is coughed up, or coughing up blood
- Chronic bronchitis or pneumonia
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty swallowing
Should I get a lung cancer screening exam?
Lung cancer symptoms may not be present until the disease has advanced. The goal of lung cancer screening is to diagnose lung cancers early, before symptoms present, in people with a high risk of developing the disease. Low Dose CT lung cancer screening is recommended for everyone at high risk for developing lung cancer. You are considered to be at high risk for developing lung cancer if you meet the following criteria:
- Between 55-80 years old
- Currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years
- Have a 30 pack-year smoking history, where pack-year = (number of packs smoked per day) x (number of years smoked)
Lung Cancer Screening at Raleigh Radiology
Raleigh Radiology offers Low Dose CT lung cancer screening at our Blue Ridge, Cedarhurst, Cary and Brier Creek locations. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer among men and women in the U.S., but when caught early, survival rates can be dramatically improved. Many insurance plans, including Medicare, cover the cost of annual lung cancer screenings for patients who are considered high risk. To learn more, or to schedule your lung cancer screening, please contact us.