Lung Cancer Screening
The goal of lung cancer screening is to save lives through early detection before symptoms occur. In the absence of screening, lung cancer is usually not detected until a person has developed symptoms. At that time it has usually reached an advanced stage and is much more difficult to treat.
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death for both men and women in the US
One in 14 adults will develop lung cancer. When lung cancer is detected at a very early stage it can be cured. The national lung cancer screening trial (NLST) a study of over 50,000 adults demonstrated 20% fewer deaths from lung cancer in the group that underwent annual Low Dose CT (LDCT) lung screening compared to the group that had annual chest x-ray. Roughly 1 out of every 100 high-risk individuals screened with LDCT was found to have an early stage lung cancer.
The best way to reduce your risk of lung cancer is to stop smoking. For help on quitting smoking, with no judgment or obligation, please call Dana H. Breeding, RN Health Educator, Augusta Health at (540) 332-4988 or 932-4988.