Lung Cancer Prevention and Detection

Preventing Lung Cancer

Experts agree that the best way to prevent lung cancer is to quit smoking or prevent exposure to secondhand smoke. If you currently smoke or have a history of smoking, it’s important get regular checkups with a physician and get screened for lung cancer.

Lung cancer screening is recommended for those who are at high risk due to cigarette smoking. Criteria are:

  • Age 55 to 77
  • In fairly good health
  • Smoking history of 30 pack years or more and are either still smoking or have quit smoking within the past 15 years. To determine pack years: Multiply number of packs smoked per day by the number of years smoking.

Catching Lung Cancer Before Symptoms Show

It used to be that with a diagnosis of lung cancer, the chance of a cure was very low. That’s because by the time symptoms appeared, the cancer already had reached an advanced stage.

Now, thanks to advanced lung cancer screening options, there’s hope for catching the disease early, when it’s most treatable. Norton Cancer Institute uses high-speed, low-dose computed tomography (CT) scanning, which can detect even the tiniest of tumors. The screening — which is painless, noninvasive and takes just a few minutes — is offered to individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer. You may be a candidate if you:

  • Are age 55 to 77
  • Are a current smoker or quit within the past 15 years
  • Smoked one or more packs a day for 30 or more years
  • Have a family history of lung cancer

Studies have shown that early diagnosis with tools like CT scans can reduce the risk of death from lung cancer by up to 20 percent. For more information or to speak to a patient navigator, call (502) 629-LUNG (5864).

Norton Cancer Institute is committed to helping patients throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana take charge of their health. We offer a full range of advanced lung cancer treatment options and cancer support services through every phase of care to empower you on the road to recovery.

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