Should you get screened for lung cancer? A new website can help you decideThe American Lung Association has a new online tool designed to help people figure out if they should get screened for lung cancer.
By: Shamane Mills, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
The American Lung Association has a new online tool designed to help people figure out if they should get screened for lung cancer.
The website, called Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives, asks visitors a series of questions to help determine if the benefit of a low-dose CT scan would outweigh the risk. By screening at-risk individuals, the American Lung Association estimates between 3,000 to 4,000 deaths could be prevented annually.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently proposed screening for people who have a high risk of lung cancer. That includes current or former smokers age 55 or older who smoked a pack a day for three decades and have smoked within the past 15 years.
Elizabeth Gore, a doctor at the Medical College of Wisconsin who specializes in the treatment of lung cancer, says screening those with a higher risk of lung cancer might detect disease earlier and increase survival rates.
“Generally how we've managed lung cancer is either you find it incidentally in someone who doesn't have symptoms because you're getting some kind of imaging for another reason, or a patient has more advanced symptoms and problems,” says Gore. She says that in instances of the latter, the cancer less likely to be curable.