Lung cancer is one of the leading diseases caused by smoking in adults. However, you can get lung cancer any other way as well, even if you aren’t an avid smoker. If you have a family history of smoking or lung cancer, it’s important for you to get screened and checked out so that you can make sure that you are on the right track towards a healthy lifestyle.
CT Scans Save Lives
In a study conducted by The New England Journal of Medicine, it showed that there was a 20 percent less of a chance of mortality for individuals who received a CT scan for lung cancer than individuals who did not receive one. Since the release of that study, medical clinics nationwide have begun to use CT scans as part of the screening procedure for individuals who exhibited symptoms of lung cancer in order to help lower the chances of mortality and stop the further spread of the infection.
The Hard Truth Behind Lung Cancer
Because symptoms of lung cancer don’t typically exhibit themselves in patients until they are too far along to receive any sort of preventative treatment, lung cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. However, by having individuals who have a history of smoking and are over the age of 55 screened for lung cancer, the chance of them being able to catch the cancer early enough along and start preventative treatment like chemotherapy and radiation is much higher.
The Criteria for CT Scans
According to the National Cancer Society and as part of national protocol and procedures, in order to be considered for a routine CT scan for lung cancer, patients must meet the following criteria:
- Be between ages 55-74 years old
- Be in fairly good health
- Have at least a 30 pack/year smoking history
- Are still smoking or have quit smoking within the past 15 years
If you or a loved one is a smoker or has recently quit smoking and are worried about the possibility of developing lung cancer, contact our office today to set up an appointment for a CT scan. Remember that it’s better to detect cancer early on than when it might be too late.