Lung Cancer Screening

Early Detection Screenings Provide Lung Cancer Patients with Improved Outcomes

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among both men and women in the U.S., and until recently, no screening test was available for early detection.

Both the American Lung Association and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force believe lung cancer screening can save lives in high-risk patients. Recent research from the National Cancer Institute found that low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening reduced deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent in individuals at highest risk. These low-dose CT scans are now recommended annually for current or former smokers who meet certain criteria.

Candidates for Low-Dose CT Lung Screenings

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, a candidate for lung cancer screening will meet the following criteria:

  • A current or former smoker with a smoking history of at least 30 pack years (averaging one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years)
  • 55-74 years of age and no history of lung cancer

If you are in this high-risk group, please talk to your doctor about being screened.

What to Expect at a Lung Screening

Screening for lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan can only be scheduled with an order from a physician. The test is performed on the University Hospitals Parma Medical Center campus, in the Outpatient Center.

During the test, the patient will lie on the CT table and hold their breath for a few seconds while the machine takes detailed pictures of the lungs.

Download the referral form and ask a physician about the benefits of having a low-dose CT scan to prevent lung cancer.

Find a Physician with UH Parma Medical Center’s Free Physician Referral Service

If you need a primary care physician or pulmonologist, our physician referral service can find one close to home. Please call 440-743-4900 during our business hours, Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – noon.

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