Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. Even more concerning is that it is also the country’s leading cause of cancer deaths.
Recent national trials have demonstrated that the risk of death from lung cancer is reduced by 20% when qualifying patients are screened using low dose Computed Tomography (CT).
Springfield Clinic’s Pulmonary Medicine specialists have developed a screening program, based on this research, to help identify, treat and ultimately reduce the number of deaths from lung cancers.
Who is eligible for the screening?
- Individuals age 55 – 75
- Smoked at least 30 “pack years” - (a measurement of lifetime tobacco usage)
- Current smoker --- or quit within the past 15 years
What will the screening program include?
- Prescreening counseling about the process
- A low-dose Computerized Tomography (CT) scan of the lungs once per year
- Interpretation of the CT scan (performed by a board-certified radiologist)
- Formal smoking cessation counseling
- Data collection to measure and improve effectiveness of program
- Access to the Abnormal Chest Clinic for patients with a positive result
What are the next steps?
Screening is NOT a substitute for stopping smoking. Discuss your history of tobacco use with your doctor. Your provider will determine if you are a candidate for Springfield Clinic’s Lung Cancer Screening program and arrange for a referral.