When it comes to lung cancer, the earlier the detection, the better the prognosis. Studies have shown that patients at increased risk who were screened with low dose CT (LDCT) rather than a chest X-ray, had 20 percent fewer deaths from lung cancer. Brigham Health Imaging screens high-risk patients for lung cancer screening at multiple locations using low-dose CT.
”The best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking, but you don't have to stop smoking to be screened” Francine Jacobson MD, MPH, Medical Director for Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is a very serious health concern caused in large part, but not entirely, by smoking. Francine L. Jacobson, MD, MPH, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, advises patients to stop smoking to decrease their risk of developing lung cancer. Even if you've stopped smoking, you may be at increased risk of developing lung cancer. If you're 55 to 80 years old, the risk is high enough to warrant screening every year. Dr. Jacobson notes that one life is saved for every 320 lung cancer screenings.