Based on a variety of studies, including the National Lung Screening Trial conducted by the National Cancer Institute, it is recommended that individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer consider annual screening with LDCT.
Anything that increases your chance of developing a disease is called a risk factor. Common risk factors for lung cancer include:
- Tobacco smoking (including cigar smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke)
- Personal or family history of lung cancer
- Air pollution
- Exposure to cancer-causing agents such as radon and asbestos
According to the American Cancer Society, you may qualify for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening if you meet the following criteria:
- Between the ages of 55 to 74 (age recommendations may vary among physicians)
- Are in fairly good health and not experiencing signs or symptoms of lung cancer
- Are a current smoker or a former smoker who has quit within the last 15 years
- Have a smoking history equivalent to one pack a day for 30 years
Talk with your physician if you have questions about lung cancer screening. If you qualify, you will need to provide documentation (referral) from your doctor in order to be screened.
If you are a current smoker and would like to quit, we encourage you to check out tips, tools, and support offered by organizations such as Smokefree and the American Lung Association.