Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, more than breast, colon, prostate, and pancreatic cancer combined. Smoking is the single biggest cause of lung cancer. When people are diagnosed at an early stage, the 5-year survival rate is 70% -- much better than when people are diagnosed later. Unfortunately, most people don’t have symptoms of lung cancer until it is advanced, and very difficult to treat.
Legacy Cancer Institute agrees with the recommendation of the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and U.S. Preventive Task Force. The recommendation is based on a large study that found that screening can reduce deaths from lung cancer among current and former heavy smokers by 20 percent.
- Current or former heavy smokers between ages 55 and 80 should get screened for lung cancer, with a low-dose CT scan
- Screening should take place at a facility that offers a full range of follow-up testing options and a multi-disciplinary lung cancer program