Lung cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers. In South Carolina, almost 3,000 people die from the disease each year. The most effective way to prevent lung cancer is to never start smoking cigarettes or to stop smoking if currently a smoker. Smoking is linked to about 80-90% of all lung cancers.Lung cancer deaths can also be prevented if the disease is caught early enough. The goal of lung cancer screening is to identify cancer early, when it is more treatable. Currently, the only recommended screening test for lung cancer is a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan. Before deciding to be screened, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about the possible benefits and harms. Most insurance plans – including Medicare – now cover the costs of lung cancer screening. This microsite is designed to provide resources about lung cancer screening to individuals as well as friends and family members of individuals considering being screened for lung cancer. 

National Resources
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: More people in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and what you can do to reduce your risk of lung cancer.
  • American Cancer Society: Learn about the three main types of lung cancer. You can also get more information on the risk factors and prevention of lung cancer.
  • Lung Cancer Alliance: Why should I consider screening for lung cancer? What are the benefits of lung cancer screening? What are the risks of lung cancer screening? Find the answers to these questions and more.
  • The United States Preventative Services Task Force: The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends that adults between 55 and 80 years old who are at high risk for lung cancer because they are current heavy smokers or have quit within the past 15 years should be screened every year with a test called low-dose CT.
  • Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan: The University of Michigan gives easy-to-understand information about the positives and potential negatives of lung cancer screening, and allows individuals to calculate their risk of lung cancer.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: If you have smoked for many years, you may want to think about screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT. This decision aid will help prepare you to talk with your health care provider about whether lung cancer screening is right for you. 
  • Is Lung Cancer Screening Covered Under Your Insurance?: Select which insurance category fits your situation to find out if you quality for coverage with lung cancer screening.

 

Local Resources
  • South Carolina Tobacco Quitline: The Quitline is a tobacco cessation service, free to any SC resident. Quit Coaches are available to talk to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach or learn more.
  • American Lung Association – South Carolina: The American Lung Association is dedicated to defeating lung cancer and providing support and education to individuals with lung cancer. Find an in-person support group nearby or connect with an online support community. Talk with an expert online or over the phone. Take a course to help you stop smoking.

 

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