Lung cancer causes more deaths each year than any other form of cancer. In fact, more people die from lung cancer than colon, prostate and breast cancer combined.
Lung screening is a service interpreted by the radiologists of Radiology and Imaging Specialists. It uses low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). The screening is fast, painless and completely non-invasive. You simply lie down and hold your breath while the CT scanner takes X-ray-based pictures of your lung and chest. After your test, the images will be interpreted by one of our specially trained radiologists, who will then present a written report of the findings to your physician. To learn more about our lung screening service at RIS, please call at 863-688-2334.
Early Detection is the most effective way to beat lung cancer. Low Dose CT Chest Scans are more sensitive than chest X-rays in detecting early-stage lung cancer. You are a candidate if you meet the following criteria:
- Age 55-77 years of age
- Asymptomatic, no signs of lung cancer
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack years (1 pack year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes) – 1 pack per day for 30 years – 2 packs per day for 15 years – 3 packs per day for 10 years
- Current smoker or one who has quit smoking with the last 15 years
Frequently Asked Questions About Low Dose CT Lung Screenings
IS THE TEST COVERED BY INSURANCE?
In many cases, Low Dose CT Chest Screening is covered by insurance. Please ask your insurance company if your plan covers you. If not, Radiology and Imaging Specialists offers this service as a cash payment procedure for a nominal fee.
WHAT IF THE LUNG SCREENING FINDS SOMETHING?
It is not uncommon for a Low Dose CT Chest Screening to find a small nodule or mass in the lungs, especially in current or former smokers. Most nodules are not cancer, and could be the result of an old infection, scar tissue or another cause. Your doctor may want to monitor the nodule over time, or recommend another imaging test or biopsy.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M AT RISK?
Any heredity or lifestyle factors that increase your chance of developing lung cancer is called a “risk factor.” For lung cancer, risk factors include:
• Tobacco smoking
• Contact with second-hand tobacco smoke
• Contactwithasbestosorcancer-causing agents
• Contact with radon
• Family history of lung cancer
• Personal history of lung disease or other cancers
WHY YOU SHOULD START LUNG SCREENING NOW
If you fall within one of the two “high risk” groups shown in the chart, lung screening is recommended because:
• It can detect cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage
• It reduces your chances of dying from lung cancer or lung disease
• It can lead to less invasive surgery with less lung tissue removed
It is important to note that screening may lead to false positives, which can result in unnecessary testing, treatment or both. In addition, screening may not find cancer early enough to be cured. However, the benefits of lung screening far outweigh the potential drawbacks.
SHOULD I BE SCREENED FOR LUNG CANCER?
If you’re a current or former smoker, or have other risk factors, THE ANSWER MAY BE YES.
If no lung problems are detected, your LDCT should be repeated in one year.
WHY IS LUNG CANCER SO DEADLY?
Because too often, it is only detected after the disease has already spread throughout the lungs or to other parts of the body. When it comes to lung screening, many people say, “I’d rather not know.” But when you can detect it before outward symptoms appear, lung cancer can be treated more effectively.
DON’T WAIT… TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR TODAY.
Your doctor knows that lung cancer screening with LDCT is proven and saves lives. Talk to your doctor about your individual risk factors and to help determine if a lung screening test is right for you.
Talk to your physician to decide if low dose CT lung screening is right for you. Call Radiology and Imaging Specialists for more information at (863) 688-2334. We have several convenient locations throughout Central Florida including Lakeland, Kissimmee and Plant City.