Lung Cancer Screening
We use Computed Tomography, also known as CT Scan, and computers to produce two- and three-dimensional images of the chest. The examination takes about 30 minutes or less. PremiereScan employs Board Certified Radiologists – with years of practical experience in teaching hospitals reading lung scans and interpreting results. Ideal candidates for the screening are those who have:
- Current or Past Smoking History
- Exposure to Secondhand Smike
- Exposure to Cancer-Causing Agents or History of Tuberculosis of Pneumonia
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates in 2006, there will be about 174,470 new cases of lung cancer and there will be an estimated 162,460 deaths from lung cancer.
Studies suggest that annual chest CT-scan screenings of people who are at high risk for lung cancer may reduce the chance of death from lung cancer. Doctors estimate that 88 percent of the participants whose lung cancer was detected early via CT scan and treated will still be alive 10 years in the future. This rate is higher than the 70 percent five-year survival estimate generally associated with treated, early-stage lung cancer, suggesting CT scanning could be an effective screening tool. Our goal is to provide early detection lung screening to hight risk individuals throughout the South Bay area.