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Importance of Lung Cancer Screening

Symptoms of lung cancer include constant chest pain; shortness of breath; recurring lung infections, such as pneumonia or bronchitis; bloody or rust-colored sputum; swelling of the neck and face; pain and weakness in the shoulder, arm, or hand; and a fever for unknown reasons.

Adults ages 50 to 80 who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke, or have quit within the past 15 years, are the most likely to develop lung cancer. Additionally, some people may inherit DNA mutations from their parents that reduces the ability to break down or remove certain types of cancer-causing chemicals in the body, such as those found in tobacco smoke, putting them at higher risk for lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in the United States killing more people every year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

Should you be screened for lung cancer?


Take our free online Lung Cancer Risk Assessment


What to Expect

Our coordinated center in Fairfax offers disease expertise on cancer and prevention as we work through your health risk assessment. We will create a customized plan based on your risk level to incorporate screenings, education, prevention and overall wellness. We offer the latest technology for our screenings and procedures to make sure you are taken care of on every level.

The Inova Health System Lung Cancer Screening program is designed to detect cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. Annual lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is recommended for those adults described above. LDCT technology uses less ionizing radiation than a conventional CT scan. Data from the National Lung Screening Trial showed that screening with LDCT decreased the risk of dying from lung cancer in current and heavy smokers.

The goal of lung cancer screening is to save lives. If you are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer, LDCT may detect early lung cancer before symptoms appear and help lower the patient’s risk of death.

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