Early Detection Screenings for Lung Cancer

Early Detection Screenings for Lung Cancer

Early detection is a proven, successful strategy for fighting many forms of cancer. Millennium Oncology is now offering testing for early signs of lung cancer at our Kingwood, Woodlands, and Red Oak PET/CT Centers. This new screening is called Low-Dose Computed Tomography (CT) and is currently available to high risk lung cancer patients.

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in the United States, but with the help of advanced technology, earlier detection is now possible. In the past, identifying the first signs of lung cancer was next to impossible, but recent studies show that a low-dose CT screening can help to distinguish the beginnings of the disease in patients.

A low-dose CT scan is an X-ray of the body that uses low doses of radiation to produce detailed photos of the lungs. This, along with additional types of cancer screenings, is a way to test for the disease when there are no symptoms of the disease present.

Patients must meet the following criteria to be eligible for low- dose CT testing of lung cancer:

1. Be between the ages of 55 and 80 years old
2. Have a history of cigarette smoking of 1 pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years
3. If a former smoker, quit within the past 15 years

According to the CDC, you are at high risk for lung cancer and should consider testing if you:

  • Smoke cigarettes, pipes, or cigars (also consider secondhand smoke exposure)
  • Have a family history of lung cancer
  • Are a survivor of lung cancer, lymphoma, or head and neck cancer
  • Have documented high radon exposure
  • Have had occupational exposure to asbestos, silica, chromium, arsenic, nickel or diesel fumes

If you feel you meet the above criteria and would like to be screened for lung cancer, please contact your physician for more information.

For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.