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Am I Eligible

How to determine if you are high-risk

Not everyone should be screened for lung cancer. It is important to only screen individuals at increased risk for lung cancer.

The single most important risk factor for lung cancer is cigarette smoking.

Tobacco use accounts for almost 90% of all lung cancers. So if you have ever smoked, you have an increased chance of developing lung cancer. The longer you have been smoking and the more packs you've smoked, the greater the risk of developing cancer.

Are you or a loved one high-risk for lung cancer?

You must meet all of the following criteria as a high-risk smoker to be eligible for an Early Lung Cancer Screening at NCH:

  • Age 50-74
  • 30 pack year history (average # packs per day multiplied by years smoked), OR
  • 20 pack year history plus one additional risk factor (see below)
  • Currently smoking or quit within last 15 years
  • No chest CT scan in past year
  • No personal history of lung cancer
  • No current signs or symptoms of lung cancer

Additional risk factors:

  • A first-degree relative, such as a parent or sibling, who has had lung cancerLung scarring from certain types of pneumonia or a diagnosis of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or emphysema
  • Exposure to radon, a radioactive gas that can exist in houses
  • Exposure to asbestos, especially if exposure occurred in the workplace
  • Significant exposure to second hand smoke, either at home or at work
  • Exposure to cancer-causing agents in the environment, especially occupational exposures

Don't wait. The time to know is now.

Catch cancer early, when it's most treatable. For questions about eligibility or to request a screening, call Juli Aistars, RN, APN, AOCN, TTS, Lung Nurse Navigator at 847-618-6572.

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Last Updated 2013/06/18