Is Lung Cancer Screening Right for You?
Lung cancer remains the number one cause of cancer-related death in New Hampshire and the United States, accounting for 28% of all cancer deaths in men and 26% of all cancer deaths in women. Unlike many other types of cancer, like breast and colon cancer, people do not seek out screening as often. As a result, lung cancer is diagnosed often at a later stage when treatment is difficult.
The aim of lung cancer screening is to find lung cancer in its earlier stages, when it is easier to treat and often before any symptoms are noticeable. In December of 2014, the US Preventive Services Task Force set annual recommendations for lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography (LDCT).
Annual screening for lung cancer with LDCT:
- Ages 50-77, and
- Have a smoking history equal to or greater than 20 years (20 packs/year), and
- Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years.
Of course, we know that smoking causes lung cancer; yet nicotine is highly addictive and it is incredibly difficult for people to stop. That’s why, in addition to the benefits of our Lung Cancer Screening Program, CMC also offers several resources to help you quit smoking in a respectful, supportive setting.
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