The goal of lung cancer screening is to detect lung cancer at a very early stage – when it’s more likely to be cured. By the time lung cancer signs and symptoms develop, the cancer is usually too advanced for curative treatment. Studies show lunch cancer screening reduces the risk of dying of lung cancer. To get the most benefit from screening, people need to be in fairly good health. For example, they need to be able to have surgery and other treatments to try to cure lung cancer if it is found. People who have other major health issues that could keep them from having lung surgery might not be good candidates for lung cancer screening. The same is true for people who might have a shortened life expectancy because they already have other serious medical conditions. These people might not benefit enough from screening for it to be worth the risks. *It’s important to talk to your doctor about all your health issues when deciding if lung cancer screening is right for you.
How often should a person be screened:
If people do decide to get screened, they should get screened every year.