Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening
The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (CT) in persons aged 55 through 74 with a 30 pack year history of smoking, who are currently smoking or have quit in the last 15 years. Southtowns Radiology is a designated lung cancer screening center through the American College of Radiology.
Benefits of Screening
Evidence suggests that this screening program would detect approximately one half of lung cancer cases in an early stage, at which surgery with curative intent is an option. Right now, approximately 160,000 people die of lung cancer each year. This screening program could save about 20,000 lives per year.
Who should be screened?
· Between the ages of 55—80
· Have smoked 30 or more pack years (One pack per day for 30 years equals 30 pack years)
· Current smokers or those who have quit within the last 15 years
· Does not have a history of pulmonary nodule, lung cancer or suspicious findings on past chest X-Rays
Quitting Smoking Help
The New York State Smokers’ Quitline
The NYS Smokers’ Quitline is a free and confidential service that provides effective stop smoking services to New Yorkers who want to quit smoking.
1-866-NY-QUITS or 1-866-697-8487
- Telephone coaching in English or Spanish
- A starter kit of FREE nicotine replacement medications
- Coaching and NRT coverage for at least two quit attempts per year
- A “click to quit” online smoking cessation service