Lung Cancer

Baptist Health System offers potentially life-saving opportunities for current and former smokers through our lung cancer program.

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What is a Lung Cancer Screening?

A lung cancer screening consists of a low dose, non-contrast computerized tomography (CT) scan. The scan looks for signs of lung cancer before you feel symptoms from the disease, and may allow for earlier diagnosis and treatment.

Why is Lung Cancer Screening Important?

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. Traditionally, lung cancer has been undetectable until it has reached a late, and often incurable stage. However, with advances in technology and cancer research, there are now proven effective ways to screen for lung cancer at its earliest stages. Early detection is important because it can allow for earlier treatment and may increase the chance of survival.

Who Can Participate?

Screening criteria is based on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines, which considers the following individuals to be at risk:

  • Current or former smokers ages 55-77 showing no signs or symptoms of lung cancer, who have a history of smoking 1 pack a day for at least 30 years OR current or former smokers with a history of smoking 2 packs a day for at least 15 years
  • Former smoker that quite within the last 15 years
  • People over 50 years of age and above with a history of smoking 1 pack a day for at least 20 years and have one of the following risk factors:
    • COPD or pulmonary fibrosis
    • Radon exposure
    • Occupational exposure to asbestos, silica, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes or nickel
    • Personal or family history of cancer

About Your Lung Cancer Team

Baptist Health provides a high-quality, multi-disciplinary collaboration of area physicians and health care resources to provide a well-coordinated lung cancer treatment program. Your team may consist of:

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