Lung Cancer Screening

If you are a smoker or if you used to be a smoker, we encourage you to schedule a lung cancer screening. This simple test could save your life. At Lake Charles Memorial, we offer low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screenings. If you meet the at-risk criteria, many insurance companies now cover this screening.

What Are CT Lung Cancer Screenings?

These tests are very sensitive and allow for early detection of potential tumors and other abnormal growths while still in their beginning stages. In fact, the CT Lung Cancer Screening can detect growths that are smaller than 1 centimeter. You'll need to obtain a physician referral from the Lake Charles Memorial Radiology Department.

Should I Be Screened?

Catching a tumor early increases your chance of successful treatment. But are you at risk? According to the American Cancer Society,

You should consider scheduling a screening if the following factors identify you as high risk:

  • Between the ages of 55 and 74
  • You have a history of heavy smoking, which means 30 "pack years" or more-i.e., roughly one pack a day for 30 years, or the equivalent, such as two packs a day for 15 years
  • You are a current smoker or you quit smoking less than 15 years ago

You should also have a screening if this set of factors applies to you:

  • You are age 50 or over
  • You have a history of smoking 20 "pack years"-i.e., roughly one pack a day for 20 years, or the equivalent, such as two packs a day for 10 years
  • You have another risk factor such as high exposure to radon; exposure to airborne carcinogens; former diagnosis of a cancer related to smoking; or a family history of cancer

Screenings Can Save Lives

The best way to determine whether or not you should be screened for lung cancer is to speak with your doctor. Tell your doctor about your risk factors, including high exposure to cancer-causing substances such arsenic, cadmium, soot, coal smoke, silica, beryllium, nickel, diesel fumes, asbestos, arsenic, and chromium. You can also take the online survey on the American Lung Association website for more information.

Download our Lung Cancer Screening brochure here.

Contact our Lake Charles Memorial for more information or to schedule a lung cancer screening.