CT lung cancer screenings now offered

Although lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in America, non-small cell lung cancer can be cured if it’s found early enough. To help detect this cancer in its earliest stages, Mile Bluff’s Medical Imaging Department is now offering low-dose computed tomography (CT scans) for lung cancer screening. The CT machines are able to provide pictures in more detail than a traditional X-ray, which increases the chances of finding lung cancer in its earliest stages.

When found early, the cancer can begin to be treated before it has a chance to grow, spread or cause other issues.

There are a number of risk factors that can contribute to the development of lung cancer. Smoking cigarettes is at the top of the list.

If you are between the ages of 55 and 80, and are a current smoker or a former smoker who quit less than 15 years ago, and if you have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.), talk to your healthcare provider about a lung cancer screening. The more you smoke and the longer you smoke, the higher your risk for lung cancer.

Signs of lung cancer

  • a new cough that doesn’t go away
  • a change in a chronic cough
  • coughing up blood
  • shortness of breath or chest pain
  • unexplained weight loss

If you experience any of these, talk to your primary care provider.

If you smoke, the best thing to do is quit. It reduces your risk of developing lung and other cancers, as well as heart disease. No matter how much or how long you’ve smoked, quitting will have a positive impact on your health.

For more information on quitting or on the lung cancer screenings, talk to your primary care provider, or call Mile Bluff’s Medical Imaging Department at 608-847-1829.