Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in America. With over 155,000 deaths per year, lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. Lung cancer can be highly curable when found early, but it has been historically difficult to detect, that is until now.
Research shows that screening using a low-dose CT scan can help detect early lung cancer before clinical signs or symptoms become evident. Early stage cancers can be more easily treated and more frequently cured than later stage cancers. Screening for lung cancer is not a one time test, but a process that involves a periodic evaluation of your lungs over time to look for newly emerging cancer. The capability of CT scanners to detect tiny lung nodules and to compare the nodules for changes in size over time is critical to the screening process.
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High Risk A
Age 55 and over with a 30 pack year* smoking history that are either a current smoker or has quit within the past 15 years; or,
High Risk B
Age 50 and over with a 20 pack year* smoking history and one of the following risk factors:
- Close blood relative with lung cancer
- History of pulmonary fibrosis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
- History of cancer (excluding non-melanoma of the skin)
- Exposure to cancer causing agents such as, but not limited to:
- Coal smoke
- Diesel fumes
- Agent Orange
* A pack year is the number of packs smoked per day multiplied by the number of years smoked. For example: 1.5 packs a day x 20 years = 30 pack years.
For those who don't meet the above screening criteria, a physicians, order is required. Please speak with your physician or call 678-594-4302 to schedule an appointment with a WellStar pulmonologist (lung specialist) to discuss the risks and benefits of screening.
Lung Cancer Screenings are available in Acworth, Austell, Canton, Douglasville, East Cobb, Hiram, Marietta and Woodstock. For questions please contact Vickie Beckler, Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to generous donors to the WellStar Foundation, financial assistance may be available to help pay for this exam. To learn more about eligibility, financial assistance or to schedule a lung screening, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).