The low-dose CT scan can detect lung cancer in the early stages.
“Lung cancer screening is a powerful opportunity to save lives by diagnosing the disease in early stages when the disease is more curable,” said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer in a news release.
“Screening can potentially save thousands of lives, and through this campaign we hope to empower and motivate former and current smokers to learn more about their screening options.”
In addition, former and current smokers can take the lung cancer screening eligibility quiz and discover more information about the campaign and lung cancer at SavedByTheScan.org.
An estimated 9 million people in the U.S. are at high risk for lung cancer. A person is considered high risk if they:
- Are between 55 and 80 years old or between 55 and 77 years old and on Medicare;
- Have a 30 pack year history of smoking or smoked one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years;
- Are a current smoker;
- Have quit within the past 15 years.
If lung cancer is detected early, the survival rate is five times higher. If half of the high-risk population were screened, more than 15,000 lives could be saved.
—Therese Umerlik | Editor
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