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.