Get screened for lung cancer in Hawaii
Research shows that if you’re at high risk for lung cancer, you can put the odds in your favor with yearly screenings.
Now available to Kaiser Permanente members, a new lung cancer screening program is in place to help. This new screening uses a low-dose chest CT scan to detect lung cancer.
(Note: It won’t prevent cancer, and it won’t detect all lung cancers.)
Who should get the lung cancer screening?
This newly available screening is recommended only for patients at high risk of developing lung cancer. If your answer is “yes” to all of the questions below, you should contact your personal physician to discuss whether the screening is right for you:
- Are you are a smoker now, or did you quit smoking within the past 15 years?
- Have you smoked at least 30 pack years? (Pack years = the number of packs per day multiplied by the number of years you smoked. For example, 1 pack per day for 30 years = 30 pack years.)
- Are you 55 to 80 years old?
- Are you healthy enough for follow-up treatment and procedures?
- Are you willing to follow through with needed treatment and procedures?
Does the screening come with any risks?
The chest CT scan emits a low dose of radiation, which carries a small risk of cancer exposure. Your doctor can help you decide whether the benefits of lung cancer screening outweigh this potential risk.
What do the results mean?
If an abnormality is found, additional testing may be necessary. Studies show that more than 90% of the abnormalities found in lung cancer screenings by CT scan are not lung cancer.
What can I do to lower my risk of lung cancer?
The best way to protect your lung health is to quit using tobacco, if you haven’t already. If you’re ready to quit, we can help you.
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