CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
If you are a current or former smoker, you have an increased risk for developing lung cancer. Lung cancer is responsible for 25 percent of all cancer deaths. In fact, more Americans will die of lung cancer than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined.
The best hope for survival is early detection. Chest X-rays are not effective in detecting early lung cancer. Low-dose lung CT is the only test that has been proven to detect early lung cancer and improve survival, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Radiation exposure from low-dose lung CT screening is minimal. Similar to mammography, the benefit of early cancer detection far outweighs the small risk from radiation.
The low-dose lung CT takes only a few minutes. There are no injections and it’s painless. The test detects potential early cancers, just like a mammogram, and will also report any evidence of calcium buildup in the coronary arteries of the heart.
The Lung Cancer Alliance applauds over 75 lung cancer screening sites across the United States and we are one of them. Read more.