Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer screening with low dose CT removes the belief many share -
that if they have smoked for many years, there is no use in trying to
quit now. These screenings can help individuals retake control of their
destiny. Quitting smoking not only reduces one's chances of lung cancer
but just as importantly stroke, heart attack, and peripheral vascular disease.
Flagler Hospital has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by
the American College of Radiology (ACR). ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center
designation recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe,
effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.
In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited
by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo
a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure.
Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such
as counseling and smoking cessation programs.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SCREENING?
Lung cancer screening is not appropriate for everybody. You qualify for
screening if you:
• are between 55-77 years old
• have smoked within the last 15 years, and
• have smoked 30-pack-years or more (A pack year is used to describe
how many cigarettes you have smoked in your lifetime, with a pack equal
to 20 cigarettes. For example, if you have smoked 2 packs a day for 15
years, you have 30 pack years)
What are the benefits of screening?
For people who are eligible for screening and decide to get screened,
the chances of finding cancer earlier is higher. Finding cancer early
generally means that there are more treatment options available. A recent
study in 2004 conducted by, The National Lung Screening Trial Research
Team, showed that after 6.5 years, those who were screened with CT were
20% less likely to die from lung cancer compared to those who were not
screened. Do you meet the criteria above? Ask your doctor if you could
benefit from lung cancer screening.