Accounting for up to 1 in 4 cancer deaths, lung cancer is a legitimate concern for all adults. Despite advances in treatments, the most important factor in cancer survival is early detection and rapid treatment. Is this an issue you should be concerned about? There are many factors that contribute to cancer development, but the experts agree on who is most at risk. Your health is in your hands! If the following factors apply to you, consider getting lung cancer screening.
Age Between 55-80 Years
Lung cancer in people younger than 55 years old is relatively rare. This doesn’t mean young people don’t need to think about lung cancer. The lifestyle choices made at this time are still important. But lung cancer screening is usually not necessary until a later age.
30 Pack-Years of Tobacco Use
What is a “pack-year”? If you smoke one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years, that’s 30 pack years. Smoking two packs per day means you’ll reach the “30 pack-year” threshold in just 15 years. Heavy smokers should be aware they are drastically increasing their cancer risk.
Currently Smoking (or You Quit Within the Last 15 Years)
If you either currently smoke or stopped smoking in the last 15 years, screening might be the safest choice. While it is possible to develop lung cancer without tobacco use, smoking is associated with 85 percent of lung cancer diagnoses. Stopping smoking decreases or eliminates your exposure to the harmful carcinogens most responsible for the disease. Therefore, if you quit smoking more than 15 years ago and have not had any signs or symptoms of lung disease, screening may be unnecessary.
If these three factors describe you, yearly lung cancer screening should be a priority. The only screening test accepted by the experts is Low Dose Computed Tomography, commonly called a CAT Scan. We offer this service to our clients at all three of our locations in the greater Buffalo, NY area. We also provide many other radiology and medical imaging services to cover all of your healthcare needs. If you have any questions, contact us today, or simply use our online tool to schedule an appointment.