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Early Detection is Key to Fighting Lung Cancer

The purpose of lung cancer screening is to find the disease at an early stage, before symptoms appear, making the chances for successful treatment greater. Screening is recommended for those with the highest risk of lung cancer, which include patients who are current or former smokers with a history of at least one pack a day for 30 years.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended a low-dose CT scan every year for people who are current smokers (or have quit in the last 15 years) aged 55 to 79 years old.

While screenings can be helpful in diagnosing cancer early, patients should be cautious when seeking screenings to prevent over-diagnosis, or diagnosing a disease that will never cause symptoms.

Before undergoing any tests, it is important to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of cancer screening with a doctor.

To learn more about lung cancer screening and guidelines, visit the American Lung Association.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.