Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, when lung cancer is caught early, there are often more treatment options available, and treatment may be more successful. For this reason, if you have certain risk factors, you should consider getting screened for lung cancer every year. The criteria for yearly lung cancer screening at the Temple Lung Center are:
- You are between the ages of 55 and 77
- You are an active smoker or have quit within the last 15 years
- You have a history that includes more than 30 pack years (number of years smoked multiplied by the average number of packs smoked per day) of smoking
Lung cancer screening is an imaging test that is performed yearly. It involves using a low-dose CT scan, which provides images of your lungs that can be inspected to detect signs of lung cancer before you begin having symptoms. CT scans can be done while you wear your regular clothes, and there are no injections. It is important that lung cancer screening be done at a qualified hospital, so that you can receive complete care and follow-up.
As part of our dedicated lung screening programs with the Temple Lung Center and Fox Chase Cancer Center, it is possible to have a pre-screening appointment, scan, and a meeting with a specialist to discuss your results-all in a single visit. Should you require additional treatment or care following your screening, you will be referred to a medical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Hospital, who are highly experienced in lung cancer treatment.