A low-dose CT scan can reduce your risk of dying from lung cancer by 20%, if you are considered high-risk. The screening is painless, involves no needles or medication and only takes about one minute. The low-dose CT scan is effective because it can identify potential lung cancer in the earliest stages of the disease when it is more treatable.
If you meet the following criteria, talk to your doctor because you may qualify for a free, low-dose CT scan through your health insurance. Criteria for a potentially free, low-dose CT scan includes:
- 50-80 years old
- Current smoker with a 20 plus pack-a-year history or quit smoking in the last 15 years
- No signs or symptoms of lung cancer