Written by on 11/17/2014 6:00:00 AM
The new guidelines for lung cancer screenings encourage those at risk to get a low-dose CT scan. Who's at risk and why do they need a low-dose CT scan? We asked diagnostic radiologist, Kenyon Kopecky, M.D., FACR, at Irvington Radiology, to weigh in.
Who is really at risk for lung cancer?
Smokers are at the highest level of risk. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer for adults ages 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history (one pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years) and currently smoke, OR adults in the same age range who have quit within the past 15 years.
For a smoker who is otherwise healthy, scheduling a lung screening may not seem urgent or even necessary. In fact, the idea of screening individuals at “high risk” has been debated for decades. But, simply put, smoking is the biggest risk factor in all cancer types. Smoking causes 90 percent of all lung cancer cases. continue reading ...
Written by on 5/14/2014 11:00:00 AM
On Tuesday, The American Lung Association, in partnership with CVS Caremark unveiled LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.
U.S. women still see breast cancer as a bigger killer than lung cancer, despite it being the number one cancer killer of men and women. More than 108,000 women in the will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year in the U.S. and, on average, less than half will be alive next year. Not to mention, lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the State of Indiana. continue reading ...
Written by on 2/26/2014 8:00:00 AM
Computed tomography (a.k.a. CT scan) is not new technology, but low-dose CT scans for lung screening are part of a new national recommendation for long-term smokers and even those who stopped smoking 15 years ago. A low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screening machine looks like a giant donut that you pass through. But within a few minutes the lung scan is over. No needles or punctures, and the open concept really shouldn't be a problem for anyone who is claustrophobic.
So, why get a low dose CT? continue reading ...