Every year 200,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States. Finding out if you are at risk can help prevent cancer and save your life.
What is lung cancer screening?
Currently the most effective lung cancer screening tool is a low dose CT-scan. Studies have shown that this screening is the only proven type to reduce the risk of dying from lung cancer in high-risk populations.
What are the risks of lung cancer screening?
All screening tests have risks. The risks for lung cancer screening may include:
- Detecting lung cancer may not improve your health or enable you to live longer.
- False-negative or false-positive test results.
- Exposure to radiation in the chest area.
Talk to your doctor about your risk for lung cancer and your need for screening tests.
Who qualifies for lung cancer screening at The Polyclinic?
Talk to your doctor about screening if you:
- Are between 55 – 77 years old
- Are a current smoker or quit within the last 15 years
- have a history of heavy smoking
What should I expect during my lung cancer screening?
The technologist will position you on the CT examination table, usually lying flat on your back. We may use straps and pillows to help keep you still and maintain the correct position during the exam.
Next, the table will move quickly through the scanner to determine the correct starting position for the scans. Then, the table will move slowly through the machine as the actual CT scanning is performed. Depending on the type of CT scan, the machine may make several passes.
How do I prepare for my lung cancer screening?
On the day of your lung cancer screening
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your CT scan. You may be given a gown to wear during the procedure.
- Remove bras containing metal underwire. You may be asked to remove any piercings, if possible.
- Inform your physician and CT technologist if there is any possibility you are pregnant. If there is a chance of being pregnant, a pregnancy test should be done prior to the exam.
The Polyclinic is proud to be recognized as a designated lung cancer screening center by the American College of Radiology.
For general questions, call 206-329-1760.
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