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Demand A Scan: Luck Is Not An Option

There’s a lucky few who get an accidental early cancer detection.

As if lucky and cancer belong in the same sentence. But as the story of Evy Schiffman shows, they do. And why an early diagnosis is the key to surviving lung cancer. There is a catch though. Early screenings are not a routine part of health care.

This year, Evy Schiffman read in her local paper about a not-so-well-known scan which detects calcium in the arteries to the heart and can assess stroke risk. She was concerned about her stroke risk, so she saved the article and five months later at her physical, she asked her primary care doctor for the Coronary Artery Calcium CT scan. He ordered it…

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 Demand A Scan: Luck Is Not An Option

Early detection is more common for many diseases, including breast, colon or prostate cancer. Massive advocacy and funding efforts have helped the public understand that with early detection, a cancer diagnosis doesn’t mean an absolute death sentence. Unfortunately, however, for the country’s deadliest cancer, lung cancer, early detection still only happens as a rare or accidental occurrence, even though lung cancer kills more Americans every single year than these other cancers combined.

Saved by the Scan

If you smoked, this new low-dose CT lung cancer screening test and eligibility quiz could save your life.

Lung Force

If you smoked, this new low-dose CT lung cancer screening test and eligibility quiz could save your life.

The Lung Cancer Project

Whether you're a heavy smoker now or you have quit smoking, yearly lung cancer screening may be right for you.


The Think.Screen.Know. program was created to encourage you and your patients to talk about annual lung cancer screening for those at high risk for lung cancer. An LDCT scan takes about 10 minutes, and no medicines or needles are required.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The USPSTF recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery.


The only recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan). Screening is recommended only for adults who have no symptoms but are at high risk.

Lung Cancer Alliance

Lung cancer screening with a low-dose computed tomography (also known as low-dose CT or LDCT) scan is the only current, proven method that can detect lung cancer earlier, before symptoms occur, when it is more treatable and potentially curable.

National Cancer Institute

Researchers are working on developing effective methods to screen for lung cancer. Several lung cancer screening methods being studied include tests of sputum (mucus brought up from the lungs by coughing), chest x-rays, and spiral (helical) CT scans. Currently neither chest x-rays or sputum tests have been shown to be effective screening methods. However, screening with low-dose spiral CT scans has been shown to decrease the risk of dying from lung cancer in heavy smokers.

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