CT lung scans save lives
Cancer deaths can be reduced by 20 percent using computed tomography (CT) screening, which finds cancers earlier than X-rays.
You should talk to your doctor about a lung CT if you are between the ages of 55 and 77 and:
- Have a smoking history of 30 pack years
Smoking history calculator: http://smokingpackyears.com/
- Still smoke or quit within the last 15 years
Benefits of CT scan
- Only proven effective method
- Often no symptoms in early stages of lung cancer
- Usually easier to treat when found early, decreasing chances of death by 20 percent
Risks of screening
- 1 in 5 people have abnormalities that turn out not to be cancer. These need evaluation that may require more scans or invasive procedures
- Exposure to radiation, though the amount is tiny
Medicare and many insurance providers now cover the cost of lung CT scans for those at high risk.
Why be screened at Community Hospital?
Community Hospital has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology, signifying that it is a top-quality provider of safe, effective diagnostic imaging for those at high risk for lung cancer.
Talk to your doctor today if you meet the criteria for a lung cancer screening. Once you receive an order from your director, schedule your scan by calling (831) 649-7231.