Lung cancer screening is done using a low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scan. A CT scan takes a series of X-ray images from different angles and combines them to create images showing cross-sections of the scanned area. These scans can be visually inspected for signs of lung cancer or any abnormal mass. It is possible to detect lung cancer using normal X-ray scans, but CT scans show a greater degree of detail and may show small lesions on the lungs that are not visible on an X-ray image.
One of the best ways to reduce your risk of lung cancer is to quit smoking. Temple Lung Center’s dedicated smoking cessation program offers both medication therapy and behavioral therapy to help patients quit smoking and reduce their chance of developing lung cancer. You can get more information about Temple Lung Center’s smoking cessation program here.