Why should you get a lung scan
Each year in the United States over 220,000 people are told that they have lung cancer…
Lung Cancer is the leading form of terminal cancer. Nearly 55% of the new lung cancer diagnosis will be in the 55-74 age group while this same age group accounts for 52% of the annual lung cancer deaths in the United States. Due to its minimal symptoms, lung cancer is often not detected until it reaches stages 3 or 4 when a tumor is the size of an orange. With the low dose scan by the SOMATOM go.All CT scanner, tumors can be detected at the size of a grain of rice.1
Are you a current or past smoker?
In 2013, the US Preventative Services Task Force recommended “annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography in adults ages 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years”.2
Take this short quiz at The American Lung Association to see if a lung CT scan is recommended for you.
A 2011 study by the National Lung Screening Trial Research Team concluded that having a low-dose CT scan to detect lung cancer shows a 20% reduction in mortality from lung cancer as compared to utilizing a traditional single view chest x-ray. The Research Team’s conclusion is that screening with a low dose CT reduces mortality from lung cancer.3
2 Source: https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/RecommendationsStatementFinal/lung-cancer-screening
3 Source: N Engl J Med. 2011 Aug 4;365(5):395-409.doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1102873. Epub 2011 Jun 29