These warning signs may also mean you’re appropriate for low - dose lung cancer screening. Those who are highest risk for lung cancer and are ideal candidates for screening include:
- Current or former smokers
- People ages 55 - 77 who have smoked for 30 years (one pack per day or more)
- People who quit smoking within the last 15 years (one pack per day or more)
When lung cancer is detected at a very early stage, it may be more likely to be cured. Low - dose CT lung cancer scan has shown to improve survival by 20 percent according to The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Insurance may cover CT lung cancer screenings. Call 423-495-LUNG (5864) for more information.