Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women worldwide.
Nearly 160,000 Americans die of lung cancer each year. Lung cancer ranks number 3 overall in cases for Tennessee and is Cookeville Regional’s top site of cancer. Lung cancer patients are frequently diagnosed at later stages.
Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we know that CT lung screening can now save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer.
Screening for lung cancer is important so that issues may be caught earlier and treated while it is in the most curable stages. Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U.S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer has been the only one not subject to routine screening until now.
Low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure.
See if you qualify by reviewing the lung screening criteria below