Lung Screening = Longer, Happier Lives!
Take this quick quiz to find out if your smoking history and age make you eligible for screening.
Lung Cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related death in Minnesota and the U.S. Fortunately, there are more lung cancer treatments available than ever before and it is easier to beat, especially when it is found early.
You may be eligible to receive a lung screening with a low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scan. Studies have proven that the LDCT scan is much more likely to detect lung cancer than a chest x-ray and it can reduce the chance of dying of lung cancer by as much as 60%.
Take the quiz above on this page to find out if you are one of the lucky ones who can be screened with an LDCT scan, then print the quiz and take it to your doctor or your closest clinic to request lung screening. You are likely eligible if you say yes to the following three questions:
- I am between the ages of 50 and 80
- I currently smoke or quit smoking in the past 15 years
- I smoke or I smoked an average of one pack of cigarettes each day for 20 years or two packs each day for 10 years. Here is another way to understand your smoking history:
1) If you add up all the years when you regularly smoked cigarettes, have you smoked for 20 years or more of your life?(2) At any time in your life, did you regularly smoke 1 or more packs of cigarettes per day?
Annual lung cancer screening
Is currently only available for adults who have no symptoms and have specific risk factors for lung cancer. Saying yes to the three statements above means you are likely eligible to be screened each year with the LDCT scan – a quick, easy and safe test. If you believe you are eligible, you should request screening at your local clinic or ask for a referral to a nearby clinic that offers lung cancer screening.
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Why should I be thinking about lung screening?
- It will give you peace of mind and could save your life!
- Lung screening with LDCT scans is quick, easy, and painless.
- Screening can help find lung cancer early when there is a good chance of cure! Most Americans are not screened and therefore are diagnosed in stage 3 or 4 when it is hard to treat lung cancer. Only 26.6% survive five years.
- There is no shame in being screened for lung cancer. If you are eligible, your primary care doctor or local clinic can and should refer you to screening.
- Studies show up to 60% reduced mortality for those who receive their annual lung screening.
- Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies cover screening for eligible Americans.