Who Should Get a CT Scan to Screen for Lung Cancer?

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After much debate, a large study by the National Institute of Health has settled the fact that CT scans can be used to pick up lung cancer at its earliest form, when it is treatable and curable. That study included patients who were 55 to 75 year old who are former smokers with at least 30 pack years of smoking that means one pack a day for at least 30 years.

These patients have benefited greatly from getting CT scans on an annual basis. If you're outside those ranges, if you're younger than 55 or older than 75 or have slightly less pack years than 30, it's important to speak to your doctor about the pros and cons about lung cancer screening.