Lung Cancer Screening in El Paso

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After years of research, there is now a test that can detect lung cancer early and dramatically improve the chances of surviving this disease. The final recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Task Force for Lung Cancer is as follows: screen annually for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for this Screening?

Asymptomatic adults ages 55 to 80 who have an annual 30 packs a year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit smoking within the past 15 years are the ideal candidates for annual lung cancer screenings. The screening is a Low Dose CT scan of the chest (LDCT), a non contrast scan that is performed using a protocol of reduced radiation, enough to generate and interpret images with minimal patient exposure.

Lung Cancer Facts and Symptoms

Lung cancer, both small cell and non-small cell lung cancer, is primarily caused by smoking or secondhand smoking. It can also be caused by inhaling toxins as well as genetics. Lung cancer is deadly, but if it is found early enough, it can be treated. Common lung cancer symptoms include chest pains, chronic dry cough, which can have phlegm or be bloody, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Lung cancer always requires a proper diagnosis and screening. People with lung cancer are also prone to chronic respiratory infections and diseases.

Lung cancer affects both men and women and is the leading cause of cancer death in both sexes. Almost a half million people in the United States have lung cancer. More men are diagnosed with lung cancer than women and African American men and women are at a higher risk for lung cancer than other races and ethnicities.

Visiting the Lung Doctor

A lung doctor, or pulmonologist, can help you screen for and treat lung cancer. It’s important to get yearly lung cancer screenings because the earlier it is caught, the better it can be treated. Talking openly with your lung doctor about your history of smoking and your family’s history of lung cancer can help you assess your likelihood of being diagnosed, making it easier to find the disease as early on as possible.

Visit El Paso Pulmonary Association

We are proud to be the first accredited Lung Cancer Screening clinic in the El Paso area. Your screening will include the following:

  • Initial office consult and risk assessment- During this phase, we’ll address symptoms, possible treatment, and more.
  • Low dose CT scan (without contrast)- The low dose CT scan, or LDCT, can be used to find lung cancer early on by taking x-rays and scans of your chest over a period of a couple of years. These scans look for any abnormalities that may indicate you have cancer.
  • Prompt follow-up visit- Prompt follow-up visits are important for going over test results and discussing future plans.

Lung cancer is a serious and deadly disease that should be treated promptly. If you need lung cancer screenings, El Paso Pulmonary Association can help. We can help you with yearly screenings and other preventative measures that can help reduce your chances of finding the disease when it is too late. Call us today for more information. We accept most insurance plans and have discounted cash prices available.

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