Lung cancer is the third most prevalent type of cancer, excluding skin cancer, and the number one cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. Triple board-certified pulmonologist Alpha J. Anders, MD, FCCP, at Comprehensive Pulmonary Care in Bakersfield, California, offers lung cancer screenings to protect your health and detect any signs of trouble as early as possible. If you need a lung cancer screening, call the office of schedule an appointment online today.
Lung cancer screenings involve checking for signs of cancer before you experience any symptoms. At Comprehensive Pulmonary Care, Dr. Anders uses low-dose computerized tomography (LDTC) to scan your lungs and look for cancer.
Lung cancer screenings play a key role in preventing the potentially devastating effects of this dangerous disease. The goal of screening is to find lung cancer at its early stages when it’s easiest to treat.
By the time you begin to experience symptoms of lung cancer, the disease is often too advanced to cure. However, studies show that lung cancer screening reduces your risk of dying from this disease.
Even if you feel perfectly healthy, Dr. Anders may recommend lung cancer screening if you’re at high risk of developing this condition. People at greatest risk for lung cancer include:
Heavy smoking is considered to be 30 pack years or longer. A pack year is the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day multiplied by the number of years you smoked for. A 30 pack year means smoking one pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years.
Aside from smoking, factors such as having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or inhaling asbestos at work also increase your risk of lung cancer.
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for lung cancer screening is to discuss your concerns and lifestyle habits with Dr. Anders.
First, Dr. Anders performs a complete physical exam and reviews your medical history to determine whether lung cancer screening is right for you.
During the LDCT scan, you lie on your back on a table that moves you through the center of a large machine. This machine uses low doses of radiation, lower than a typical CT scan, to create images of the inside of your lungs.
If your screening results are abnormal, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have lung cancer. However, Dr. Anders may order additional tests to provide further information about your condition.
To find out if lung cancer screening is right for you, call Comprehensive Pulmonary Care or schedule an appointment online today.