El Paso Pulmonary Association proudly provides the Borderland with the first Accredited Lung Cancer Screening Clinic in the Southwest.
What is lung cancer screening?
Screening for lung cancer means detecting cancer cells or abnormalities in tissue before any symptoms are presented.
At EPPA, our dedicated and accredited screening facility is equipped with all the requirements necessary to perform low-dose CT scans. According to the American Lung Association, low-dose CT scans are the only early detection measure that can reduce risk of death among heavy smokers.
Know The Facts: Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is now the most common form of cancer in the world, with research suggesting about 228,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year alone.
should I get screened?
To qualify for lung cancer screening, a patient must meet all of the following criteria:
Do you have a history of heavy smoking?
Are you a current smoker or have you quit within the past 15 years?
Are you between the ages of 55-80?
What are the benefits and risks of a screening?
The key reason why a high-risk patient should get screened is because a low-dose CT scan is currently the only way to detect the cancer while there is a chance for a cure. Lung cancer screening can increase a patient’s chance of survival by 90%.
Though lung cancer screening is a painless, noninvasive procedure, it comes with the same risk of exposure to radiology than any other similar exam. However, the amount of radiation a patient would be exposed to through lung cancer screening is minimal, comparable to the amount a person would receive in a six-month period simply by living on Earth*.
*American Lung Association, 2019