Mission Hope Cancer Center: New Lung Cancer Screening Program
The Lung Cancer Screening Program is specifically for those with a high risk for developing lung cancer. The early intervention allows patients to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan even before symptoms develop. If you have questions or feel you may qualify for a screening, please call Carol Herrin, RN, OCN, at 805.346.3463.
Recent federal guidelines recommend that long-term, pack-a-day smokers receive an annual screening for lung cancer using low-dose spiral computed tomography (CT) imaging. The guidelines are based on findings from a large study conducted by the National Cancer Institute that proved screening people at high risk for developing lung cancer with low-dose CT scans reduced mortality from lung cancer by 20%. This study estimates that early detection and treatment could save over 70,000 lives per year.
View the video of Dr. Stephen Vara discussing Lung Cancer CT Screening at Mission Hope Cancer Center.
Who should be screened? Lung cancer screening isn’t appropriate for everyone. Two main target groups include:
• Those between the ages of 55 and 74 years old
• Currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years, and
• Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for over 30 years.
• Those between the ages of 50 and 74 years old
• Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for over 20 years, and
• Have one additional lung cancer risk factor (not to include secondhand smoke exposure.)
Watch KCOY's Morning Rounds segment, featuring Dr. Barry Feldman talking about lung cancer awareness and the new screening program at our Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals.
Read an In-Depth Review of Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer in the USA
More people die from lung cancer than from breast, colon, pancreas and prostate cancers combined.
Early-stage survival rate is 53.5%. Only 15% of lung cancer cases are currently found in the early stage. Most cases are not diagnosed until later stages, when survival rate is only 3.9%
Are you a smoker or did you smoke in the past? Smoking puts you at high risk for lung cancer but early detection for lung cancer can save your life. Get screened now. Be first for a second chance.