Lung Cancer Screening | LDCT
What are my chances of getting lung cancer?
Lung cancer can affect anyone but older adults with a history of smoking cigarettes are at a higher risk. There are over 1,400 lung cancer diagnoses in Maine each year. This number may be surprising, but it is not without hope. Lung cancer screening is an effective way to detect cancer early, giving you more time and options in your treatment. The MaineHealth Cancer Care Network offers comprehensive lung cancer screenings to test people at high risk for lung cancer.
What is lung cancer screening?
The low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) test (or a CAT scan) is used to look for early stage lung cancer. The LDCT scan is painless and takes less than five minutes. LDCT screening tests are for people with a long history of smoking. You may be eligible for lung cancer screening if you:
Are 55-80 years old
Currently smoke, or stopped smoking within the last 15 years or less
Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack years (1 pack per day for 30 years, or 2 packs per day for 15 years, etc.)
If you meet all three criteria, you may benefit from lung cancer screening. Learn more about lung cancer screening.
Lung Cancer FAQs
Your symptoms and your medical history—especially if you have any history of cancer in your family—will help your doctor decide how likely it is that you have lung cancer and whether you need lung cancer screening.
Lung cancer screening includes the following services:
Lung cancer risk evaluation
Education and counseling about lung cancer screenings
LCDT scan and diagnosis
Follow-up testing and treatment as needed
Referrals to "Quit Smoking" programs, if needed
What happens if they find cancer?
Lung cancer is usually first found on a chest X-ray or a LDCT/CT scan. More tests are done to find out what kind of cancer cells you have and whether they have spread beyond your lung. These tests help your doctor and you find out what stage the cancer is in. The stage is a rating to measure how big the cancer is and how far it has spread.