Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in the world. However, lung cancer can be deceptive because its symptoms often go undetected until later stages of the disease. The chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 15, for women 1 in 17.
The Lung Cancer Screening Program at Capital Health Cancer Center uses advanced imaging capabilities shown to be effective in identifying lung cancer often before symptoms occur — when cancer is more treatable and the chances of long-term survival are higher.
A landmark study, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), showed a 20% relative reduction in mortality from lung cancer with low dose computed tomography (CT) screening.
Capital Health’s advanced technology and CT diagnostics are a specialized form of X-ray providing cross-sectional 3D images. We use low-dose radiation taking 128- and 256-slice images of the lungs. The actual CT screening takes less than 10 seconds to complete. There is no contrast involved and no blood tests are required, therefore, no needles are used.
Some of the most widely researched risk factors for lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include:
Some people diagnosed with lung cancer may have none of these risk factors and they may not have been smokers.
Screenings can save lives, especially for current and former smokers. A CT scan is considered the gold standard for identifying lung cancer early for those:
Our navigator will help you determine your eligibility and schedule your screening. Most insurance providers, including Medicare, cover lung cancer CT screenings. To schedule a lung screening or for additional information, call 1-844-303-LUNG (5864).