For individuals who have been smoking for a long time, it’s a good idea to check in with your lungs to make sure nothing abnormal, like lung cancer, has developed. Lung cancer has the highest mortality rate of all the cancers; however, it’s a fact that early detection is the key to successful outcomes and a longer life. For years, regular chest X-rays have been a screening test for people at higher risk for lung cancer, but they haven’t proven to reduce mortality rates and are not recommended for lung cancer screening.
However, over the past decade, a screening test known as a low-dose CT (LDCT) scan (or Lung-O-Gram, as we like to call them) has been studied, and the research demonstrates that, unlike chest X-rays, annual LDCT scans done on people at higher risk for lung cancer can save lives.
Historically, most lung cancers are discovered at stages 3 and 4. That’s why The Outer Banks Hospital (TOBH) has made early detection through annual screening a top priority for our community.