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Decision Aid for Lung Cancer Screening

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is lung cancer screening?

Lung cancer screening is a test done every year to find lung cancer early. Lung cancer is often found after it has spread to other areas of the body. By this time, it is more difficult to treat. Screening is different from diagnosis because screening is used before you have any signs or symptoms. Lung cancer screening has benefits and risks. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks to help you decide if lung cancer screening is right for you.

How is lung cancer screening done?

Am I a good candidate for lung cancer screening?

You may be a candidate if you do not have any other serious health conditions and the following are true:

What are the benefits of lung cancer screening?

What are the risks of lung cancer screening?

What questions should I ask my healthcare provider to help me make a decision about screening?

What do I need to think about before I decide to have lung cancer screening?

What do I need to know about quitting smoking?

If you currently smoke, it is very important that you try to quit. If you already quit smoking, it is important that you do not start smoking again. You will also need to avoid secondhand smoke from others. Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes and cigars increase your risk for cancer. Your risk for lung cancer gets lower each year that you do not smoke. Even if you get lung cancer screening every year, it is still important not to smoke. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help to quit. You can find support and more information here:

Where can I find support and more information about lung cancer?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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