For information about UAMS’ lung cancer screening program, call (501) 944-5934.
Lung cancer screening is beneficial for many smokers and former smokers, but not for everyone. People who meet the following criteria are at the highest risk for lung cancer and may qualify for screening:
- Current smoker or former smoker who has quit within the past 15 years
- Ages 50 to 80 years
- Smoking history of at least 20 pack-years (this means one pack a day for 20 years, two packs a day for 10 years, etc.)
- Healthy enough to tolerate surgery (not on oxygen)
- No recent cancer diagnosis
Low-dose CT scan is the only method recommended for screening. There is some radiation risk with a CT scan and you may need to have additional tests and procedures. Our Lung Cancer Team will explain the procedure and tell you about the risks and benefits. Check with your insurance company about coverage for this procedure.
If you have a suspicious screening result, something abnormal was found on your scan. It may or may not mean you have cancer, and you may need additional procedures to determine your condition.
If you have a negative result, there were no abnormal findings on your scan. However, this does not absolutely mean you don’t have lung cancer or will never get lung cancer.
The best way to prevent lung cancer is to never smoke or to stop smoking now. If you are still smoking, talk to your doctor about how to quit with the help of smoking cessation programs at UAMS.
Information provided by the American Lung Association.