Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening in Avenel Township
Lung Cancer is the 2nd most common cancer and is also the leading cause of death in the U.S. The estimate for new lung and bronchus cancer cases in 2019 is 228,150. In 2019, about 142,670 people will die of the disease. Here at MRI of Woodbridge & Doctors Radiology Center, we continue to offer the best way to detect lung cancer in its earliest stage : Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screen. We are an ACR Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center, providing high quality screening care and advocating maximum patient safety.
Why Low Dose Instead of a Standard CT Scan?
The “Low” in Low Dose CT refers to the level of radiation emitted. Your doctor will typically recommend this scan for high-risk lung cancer patients i.e. long-term smokers. By opting for a low dose CT scan, the patient will not be exposed to as much radiation as a regular CT scan while still proving efficient enough to detect anomalies, because the lower dose is designed to focus on lung tissue.
Who Gets This Cancer?
It is well known that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, however it is more common in men than in women. Lung cancer is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 55 to 84, with the highest incidence at aged 65 to 74.
For more facts about lung cancer, visit the National Cancer Institute.
Should I Be Screened?
- If you are between 55 to 80 years old AND
- You are currently smoking or quit in the last 15 years AND
- You have a smoking history of at least 30 pack years.
If these guidelines apply to you, speak to your medical provider and get a script. Insurance coverage may vary, please call your insurer for details.
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- For more about lung cancer screening, visit American Lung Association.
- For more about lung cancer screening, visit National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
- For more about lung cancer screening, visit RadiologyInfo.org
- For more general information, visit freetobreathe.org
- For educational materials and general support, visit Lung Cancer Alliance.
- For guidelines to quitting smoking, visit Cancer.org.
- For real stories, visit NPR: Older Patients Can Benefit from Lung Cancer Surgery