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Healthy Lung vs. Smokers Lung

Low-Dose CT lung screenings have proved to be an effective tool for early detection of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Routine chest X-rays are often unable to detect lung cancers until they are of advanced stage. Low-dose CT can greatly improve the likelihood of detection of early lung cancers, enabling treatment at a more curable stage.

Benefits

  • It is painless and non-invasive
  • Low-dose CT uses up to 90% less radiation than conventional CT chest scan
  • Proven to reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer patients at high risk
  • Often found in early stages.

Who's at Risk?

  • Tobacco smoking
  • Personal history of smoking related cancer
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Certain chronic lung diseases
  • Contact with cancer-causing agents

Medicare will now cover lung screening with low dose CT once per year to persons meeting the following criteria:

  • Age 55-77, and are either current smokers or have quit smoking within the past 15 years.
  • Receive a written order from a physician that meets certain requirements
  • Have a tobacco history of at least 30 pack years. To calculate smoking pack-years divide the number of cigarettes smoked per day by 20 (number of cigarettes in a pack) then multiply the number of years smoked.
  • Asymptomatic (no diagnosis or symptoms of lung cancer)

Article explaining the benefits of CT lung screening CLICK HERE