Should I Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer screenings could save the lives of some patients.

When it comes to deaths caused by cancer, lung cancer leads the pack for both men and women. What can you do to protect yourself from this scary diagnosis? Along with taking preventative measures, like quitting a cigarette habit or starting a consistent exercise routine, undergoing regular lung screenings could help you find problem areas when they are new and easy to treat.

CT scans have made lung screenings more accurate and worthwhile. If you fit any of the following criteria, ask your doctor if he recommends a screening.

  • You're a smoker. If you have a heavy cigarette habit, you should begin lung cancer screenings around age 50.
  • You're a former smoker. If you quit smoking in the past 15 years, you're still at risk for lung cancer.
  • You suffer from COPD or pulmonary fibrosis. Both of these conditions affect the health of your lungs and elevate your risk level.
  • You have a family history of lung cancer. In some cases, there is a hereditary link for lung cancer. If an immediate family member has had it, you may want to be screened.
  • You've been diagnosed with cancer in the past. Any type of cancer could indicate that you are more likely to have a reoccurrence in the lungs.
  • You've been exposed to certain carcinogens. These include arsenic, asbestos, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, and silica.

Ready for a lung cancer screening? We can match you with an expert physician and make that appointment for you. Just call our free Consult-a-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119. Our lines are open 24/7.

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