Lung cancer screening is a process that’s used to detect the presence of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people with a high risk of lung cancer. Lung cancer screening is recommended for older adults who are longtime smokers and who don’t have any signs or symptoms of lung cancer.
Lung cancer occurs when cells in the lung grow out of control and form a tumor. A tumor can be noncancerous or cancerous. A cancerous tumor is a collection of a large number of cancer cells that have the ability to spread to other parts of the body. The mortality rate of lung cancer depends on the type of the cancer.
Why is Lung Cancer Screening Done?
The goal of lung cancer screening is to detect lung cancer at a very early stage — when it’s more likely to be cured. By the time lung cancer signs and symptoms develop, the cancer is usually too advanced for curative treatment. Studies show lung cancer screening reduces the risk of dying of lung cancer.
Who Should Consider Screening?
Lung cancer screening is usually reserved for people with the greatest risk of lung cancer, including;
- Older adults who are current or former smokers
- People who have smoked heavily for many years
- People who once smoked heavily but quit
- People in generally good health
- People with a history of lung cancer
- People with other risk factors for lung cancer
Lung Cancer Screening
Doctors use a low-dose computerized tomography (LDCT) scan of the lungs to look for lung cancer. If lung cancer is detected at an early stage, it’s more likely to be cured with treatment.
During an LDCT scan of the lungs, the patient will lie back on a long table. They may be given a pillow to make them more comfortable. The technologist who runs the scan will move to a separate room where they can talk to the patient.
The patient is asked to lie very still as the table slides through the center of a large machine that creates the images of their lungs. The table passes through the machine initially to determine the starting point for the scan.
When the machine is ready to start the scan, the patient may be asked to hold their breath briefly to create a clear picture of their lungs. The table will move quickly through the machine as the images are created. The machine may make knocking or clicking noises.
The appointment usually lasts about a half-hour, though the actual scan takes less than a minute.
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