Improve lung cancer outcomes with low-dose CT screening
UCLA Health Connect blog
Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. It kills more patients each year than any other cancer, with the death rate from lung cancer greater than that of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Lifestyle factors, in particular smoking, play an important role with an estimated 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths linked to cigarette smoking.
While not all lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoking, quitting the habit—or never starting—is an important part of cancer prevention. For high-risk current and former smokers, lung cancer screening and early detection can significantly improve outcomes.
“The radiation required for a screening CT is comparable to the background radiation we can expect to receive over 6 months as part of everyday life (without undergoing imaging), as compared to 2 years of background radiation for a routine CT,” explains Ashley Prosper, MD, a radiologist specializing in thoracic and diagnostic cardiovascular imaging, and co-director of the UCLA Lung Screening Program.
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