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August 28, 2014
Lung cancer screenings available for patients at high risk
The National Lung Screening Trial confirmed that screening people who are at high risk for lung cancer with annual low-dose CT of the chest saves lives. The trial found a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer versus people screened with a chest X-ray.
Loyola recently started a Lung Cancer Screening program. The recommended screening for lung cancer involves an annual low-dose CT scan. You should consider getting screened if you are between the ages of 55 to 80 and have smoked an average of one pack a day for 30 years and are currently smoking, or if you quit within the past 15 years. Others who should consider getting screened are people between the ages of 50-80 who have smoked an average of one pack a day for 20 years and have another risk factor for lung cancer, not including secondhand smoke.
Do you want to quit smoking? Call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, a free service, at (866) Quit-Yes.
To arrange for a screening, please call Loyola at (708) CAN-HELP/(708) 226-4357.