3 Simple Steps to Get a Lung Cancer Screening
1 Determine whether you have a high risk of developing lung cancer
Answer these 3 questions:
- Are you between the age of 55 to 80?
- Are you a current smoker or have you quit within the last 15 years?
- Do you have a cigarette smoking history of at least 30 pack-years*?
*30 pack-years is the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years, or 2 packs a day for 15 years, or 1.5 packs a day for 20 years, etc.
If you answered “yes” to all 3 questions, you might benefit from a lung cancer screening.
2 Talk to your doctor or health care professional
While lung cancer screening can be a life-saving procedure, it also presents potential risks. That’s why it’s important that you discuss the potential benefits and risks with a medical professional. Shared decision-making ensures that a screening recommendation is based on your values and preferences.
3 Schedule your screening
If you wish to proceed, your doctor will refer you to a screening facility.