Why should you get a lung cancer screening test?
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in America, but now there's hope. Screening is used to detect lung cancer early, when it is more likely to be curable. If lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the likelihood of surviving 5 years or more improves to 59 percent.* While you should be taking precautions against COVID-19, given the critical importance of screening for lung cancer, you should not delay this conversation with your doctor. So talk to your doctor and decide whether to set up a visit or explore remote telehealth options to discuss next steps about screening. Many screening centers are taking precautions to protect patient safety during this challenging time and access to screening may be limited or delayed.
*Based on early-stage lung cancer stats (stage 1 vs. stage 4)