Tobacco use is the single most important risk factor leading to the development of lung cancer.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/) recommends annual low dose CT scanning to detect lung cancer for high risk patients.
If you are a smoker between the ages of 55-74, with a 30 year smoking history, or if you have stopped smoking in the last 15 years, low dose CT scanning of the lungs may save your life. The National Lung Screening Trial (http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/noteworthy-trials/nlst) has shown that among high risk people, Low Dose CT scanning of the lungs may reduce lung cancer mortality by 20% compared to standard x-rays.
Low Dose CT scanning of the lungs is a diagnostic procedure that uses low radiation dose CT scans to identify early stage lung cancer. As lung cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, early detection is crucial to broadening treatment options and increasing survival. Our rapid multi-slice CT scanners use low doses of radiation to image the lungs in a way that traditional x-rays cannot.
This quick and painless test has the ability to detect smaller abnormalities than ever before.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers to cover the cost of annual Low Dose CT screening of the lungs in all high risk patients.
Other Risk Factors for lung cancer include:
- Enviornmental or occupational exposure to Radon or Asbestos.
- Significant exposure to second hand smoke.
- First degree relative (parent or sibling) with lung cancer.
- Over age 50 with at least a 20 year smoking history and addtional risk factors.