Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives.
Early detection leads to 20% fewer lung cancer deaths each year. For men and women alike, lung cancer remains the number-one cancer killer in the U.S., topping deaths from prostate, breast, pancreatic and colon cancer combined. Until recently, however, there were no effective tools to screen people who are at increased risk of lung cancer. Today, new research shows that low-dose CT screening can detect lung cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. In conjunction with South Florida Radiation Oncology and iCare Radiology, we have implemented a lung cancer screening program in both Martin and St. Lucie Counties.
What Is Low Dose CT Screening?
A Computed Tomography scan (CT scan, also called a CAT scan) uses computer-controlled x-rays to create cross-sectional images of the body. The low dose CT scan of the lungs is swift, painless, and involves a minimal amount of radiation exposure. You can eat before and after the test and you will not receive any medications. In fact, you do not even need to change your clothing, as long as there is no metal in your clothes.
Who is Eligible for Screening?
According to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the United States Preventative Services Task Force and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the criteria for annual lung screening include the following:
- 55 – 77 years of age
- Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
- History of cigarette smoking of at least 1 pack per day for 30 years
OR Current smoker or quit smoking within the last 15 years
How Can I Schedule a Test?
Dr. Sunil Gandhi is affiliated with an ACR Lung Screening Designated Center in both Stuart and Port St. Lucie.
To see if you meet the criteria for lung screening, call Dr. Gandhi’s office at (772) 646-0005 to schedule an appointment. The staff at Dr. Gandhi’s office will help navigate you through the process.
Is There a Cost?
Approved by Medicare or $99 without insurance.
Need to Quit Smoking?
Visit Smokefree.gov for help quitting