Baptist Health Richmond: Early Detection of Lung Cancer
Early detection of lung cancer starts with a CT screening. Learn more about early lung cancer detection at Baptist Health in Richmond, KY.
Early Lung Cancer Detection in Richmond, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Muhammad Iqbal, MD, Pulmonary Disease:
Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, and also in Kentucky. The more important factor, however, is that it kills more people than the next three cancers combined. Kentucky is, unfortunately, at the bottom of survival rates for lung cancer in the entire nation.
Early detection of lung cancer leads to about a 20% reduction in death when compared to late detection. This is why CT screening helps you pick up cancer early and cure it early. If you’re a smoker who smoked one pack a day for 20 years, are currently smoking or quit within 15 years, and are between the ages of 50 and 80, you should get a lung cancer screening CT.
Since your risk of lung cancer is directly linked to your exposure to smoke, you should do an annual CT scan to make sure that either the cancer wasn’t too small to pick up on the first CT, or you don’t develop it between the first and the second CT. That’s why it’s an annual CT scan that continues on until you’ve not smoked for more than 15 years.
This CT is done in a slightly different way than a conventional CT. The radiation dose is way lower. It’s almost like a mammogram. The CT scan is fairly easy to perform, and anyone who can hold their breath for six seconds should be able to do a CT scan. It’s fairly easy to interpret the results. Usually, it’ll say nothing found to suggest lung cancer and continue screening in another 12 months. Or, it’ll say whatever the findings are, and then you and your physician can discuss the findings and take it from there. We’re very fortunate to have low-dose CT screening available at Baptist Health Richmond.
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