As the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women in Arkansas, lung cancer is a health crisis that continues to plague our state. But, thanks to a simple imaging study on CARTI’s low-dose CT scanner, more people are receiving hope that early detection can provide.
The goal of CARTI’s healthy lung screening program is to detect lung cancer at a very early stage — when outcomes of treatment are optimal. Research shows that low-dose CT screenings show promise for detecting lung cancer in high risk individuals who have not yet shown symptoms. Additionally, a National Institute of Health study demonstrates that low-dose screenings could reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent.
Who should be screened?
A screening is appropriate for people who are at the greatest risk for developing lung cancer, including:
- Current or former smokers, age 55 to 77.
- Smoking history of at least 30 pack years.
- Generally in good health with no history of lung cancer.
- No signs of symptoms of lung cancer.
How to determine your pack years…
Multiply the number of packs of cigarettes smoked a day by the number of years that you smoked.
- Example: To reach 30 pack years, you would need to smoke a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years, etc.
If your smoking habits have changed, talk to your doctor to calculate your number of pack years.
If you would like more information about CARTI’s healthy lung screening program visit CARTI.com. To schedule an appointment, call 501.906.3000.