Millennium Oncology is now offering testing for early signs of lung cancer at our Kingwood, Woodlands, and Red Oak PET/CT Centers. The Low-Dose Computed Tomography (CT) scan is an X-ray of the body that uses low doses of radiation to produce detailed photos of the lungs. This short procedure is a successful way to test for the disease when there are no symptoms of the disease present.
Recent studies show that a low-dose CT screening can help to distinguish the beginnings of the disease in patients. These scans are currently available to high risk lung cancer patients who meet the following criteria:
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.