CT Lung Cancer Screening
To schedule a CT Lung Cancer Screening:
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. It is responsible for more deaths annually than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. Lung cancer is second only to heart disease in the number of deaths caused annually.
If you meet the following National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines for high-risk category 1, call the Dupont or Lutheran hospital CT lung cancer screen hotline to schedule a screen. If you meet category 2 criteria, ask your physician for a referral. CT scans are easy and painless and could save your life because they can detect lung cancer at an early stage, when it is most treatable.
NCCN CRITERIA FOR LUNG CANCER SCREENSHigh-risk Category 1 (no physician referral required)
- Age 55 to 74 AND
- Have smoked a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years OR
- Quit smoking less than 15 years ago
- Age 50+ AND
- Have smoked a pack a day for 20 years or more AND
- Have one additional risk factor (other than secondhand smoke)
- Current smoker or smoking history
- Disease history (COPD or pulmonary fibrosis)
- Exposure to second-hand smoke
- Family history of lung cancer
- History of cancer
- Radon exposure
- Occupational exposure to arsenic, asbestos, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, coal smoke, diesel fumes, nickel, silica and/or soot
Candidates cannot have signs or symptoms of lung cancer to qualify for a lung cancer screen.
Dupont and Lutheran's CT lung cancer screening programs include a comprehensive approach to care. A certified nurse navigator meets with patients prior to their scan, relays results to patients and their physicians and coordinates all aspects of follow-up care.