Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is one of the most prevalent and dangerous cancers, proving fatal for more men and women in the US than prostate, breast, pancreatic, and colon cancers combined. The exact cause of lung cancer is unknown, but there are certain factors or lifestyle choices that can put you at greater risk.
Lung cancer screening can lead to early diagnosis, quick intervention, and more favorable outcomes. It is the examination of lung tissue to check for cancer in someone with a high risk of developing lung cancer before that person experiences any symptoms. Risk factors for lung cancer include:
- Current smoker or a former smoker who quit within 15 years
- Frequent or prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke
- Frequent or prolonged exposure to radon
- A family history of lung cancer
How do we screen for lung cancer?
The diagnostic test most commonly recommended for lung cancer screening is a low-dose CT scan. This test uses low doses of radiation to take detailed images of the lungs.
How do you get screened?
The lung cancer screening program at UConn Health screens patients between the ages of 55 – 80 who currently smoke or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
Talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening. Depending on your risk factors, history of smoking, and family history of lung cancer, the doctor can help determine if you should screen for lung cancer and can order the appropriate diagnostic tests.