Lung screening is a test to look for signs of early-stage lung cancer in otherwise healthy people, when it's more likely to be curable. The screening includes an initial telephone assessment and tobacco cessation resources for active smokers. People who meet high-risk criteria are scheduled for a personal visit in La Crosse, Wisconsin, for education and a low-dose CT scan.
Lung screening is available for people with the greatest risk of lung cancer, including:
People between the ages of 55 and 80, current or past smoker, and smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years; or
People between the ages of 50 and 80, current or past smoker, and smoked a pack a day for 20 or more years and have at least one of these factors:
Lung cancer more than five years ago and have been cured
A father, mother, sister or brother with history of lung cancer
Been told they have chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema or exposure to asbestos
Watch this video to learn the importance of lung cancer screening:
Discuss the benefits and risks of lung screening with your health care provider. Together, you can review your risk of lung cancer and decide whether screening is right for you.
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