Candidates for Lung Cancer Screening
Are you age 55 to 79 and a current or former smoker? If so, a low-dose radiation CT scan through CPMC’s Lung Cancer Screening Program can help you detect lung cancer early, when it is more curable. Candidates for lung cancer screening include current or former smokers who:
- Are ages 55 to 79
- Currently or previously smoked the equivalent of 30 pack-years:
1 pack per day for 30 years = 30 pack-years
2 packs per day for 15 years = 30 pack-years
3 packs per day for 10 years = 30 pack-years
Are Lung Cancer Screenings Effective?Yes. A study published in New England Journal of Medicine,Opens new window involving 53,000 individuals at high risk for lung cancer, supports the use of low-dose CT screening for lung cancer. In comparing whether CT scans or chest X-ray screenings were more effective in identifying lung cancers, study results showed that CT scans detected more lung cancers, especially early stage cancers that are more treatable. With low-dose CT scans even the smallest nodules—often measuring less than 4 mm—are easily detected.
More recently, an independent panel of medical experts comprising the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended yearly screeningOpens new window for healthy adults between the ages of 55 and 80 at high risk for lung cancer.
What Are Signs of Lung Cancer?Lung cancer usually does not cause symptoms in the early stages of the disease. When initial symptoms do appear, such as a chronic cough, hoarseness, shortness of breath, or frequent lung infections, the cancer is already at an advanced stage, making treatment more difficult. In 2012, the American Lung Association reported that lung cancer was expected to cause 160,340 deaths - more than those caused by colorectal, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers combined.
What’s Involved in the Screening Program?CPMC’s Lung Cancer Screening Program is unique in that our pulmonologists lead the program and work closely with at-risk individuals. The doctors can counsel you about lung cancer screening, manage annual screenings and any associated follow-up evaluations, and assist with smoking cessation. To learn more, call us at 1-888-637-2762 or complete the form on this page to start the process.
The Cancer Care Program at California Pacific Medical Center
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Lung Cancer Screening Program
California Pacific Medical Center
2333 Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94115