OhioHealth Lung Cancer Screening Program
Should You Get Screened for Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer screening is a program that tests people who are current or former smokers that have no symptoms of lung cancer, for example no continuous cough or shortness of breath. Screening increases the chance of finding and treating lung cancer at its earliest stages. There is a better chance for longer survival if an early stage cancer is found.
The OhioHealth Lung Cancer Screening Program uses a low-dose chest CT scan to identify lung cancer at its earliest stages. More than just a CT scan, however, our lung cancer screening is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to fighting lung cancer.
Lung cancer is a major health problem today. Each year, more people die from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. In other words, lung cancer may not be the most common cancer, but it is the leading cause of death in both men and women.
The best chance of a cure for lung cancer is early detection, and the best chance for early detection is through a lung cancer CT screening.
Our Lung Cancer Screening Program
The OhioHealth Lung Cancer Screening Program uses a low-dose chest CT scan to identify lung cancer before there are symptoms. “Low dose” means the amount of radiation you receive is significantly lower than a conventional CT scan at OhioHealth. A low-dose chest CT scan has 6 times less the radiation dose than a regular chest CT scan.
Our lung cancer screening program is more than just a CT scan, however. It’s also a comprehensive approach to fighting lung cancer.
According to OhioHealth, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) – a national organization that provides guidelines for diagnosing and treating cancer – and the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), people who meet any of the following criteria should be screened for lung cancer.
- Age 55-77 years old and;
- Current smoker with a 30 pack year history (the number of packs a day multiplied by the number of years you smoked equals “pack years”)
- If you have quit smoking, it should have been within the last 15 years
- You cannot have any signs or symptoms of lung cancer
When you participate in our Lung Cancer Screening Program
- We will help you develop an effective strategy to quit smoking.
- We will help you understand the difference between screening for cancer and diagnosing cancer.
- You will not only learn what to expect from your low-dose chest CT scan for lung cancer, but we will help you understand the results and what you need to do next.