A low-dose CT scan can reduce your risk of dying from lung cancer by 20%, if you are considered high-risk. The screening is painless, involves no needles or medication and only takes about one minute. The low-dose CT scan is effective because it can identify potential lung cancer in the earliest stages of the disease when it is more treatable.
If you meet the following criteria, talk to your doctor because you may qualify for a free, low-dose CT scan through your health insurance. Criteria for a potentially free, low-dose CT scan includes:
- 50-80 years old
- Current smoker with a 20 plus pack-a-year history or quit smoking in the last 15 years
- No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a lung cancer screening?
A low-dose CT screening produces a 3-D image of the lungs while using less than 25% of the radiation of a regular computerized tomography (CT) scan.
How effective is a low-dose CT scan at preventing death from lung cancer?
Studies have shown that a low-dose CT scan can lower the risk of dying from lung cancer by 20% for people that are high risk.
How does the low-dose CT can help?
The screening helps doctors find lung cancer early, when it is usually easier to treat. This can increase your odds of surviving lung cancer and allow for more treatment options.
How is the exam performed?
A low-dose CT screening is one of the easiest exams. You lie on a table that slides into a machine. As you slide through, the machine takes pictures of the inside of your body. It takes about one minute, requires no medications or needles and is painless.
What is the best way to prevent cancer?
Don’t use tobacco products including cigarettes, e-cigarettes (vaping) and smokeless tobacco. You should also avoid second-hand smoke. If you do use tobacco products, quit now.
Where can I get help to quit tobacco?
Talk to your doctor and he can refer you to a Genesis lung specialist for assistance in quitting.