If you’re a heavy smoker older than 55 – here’s something to talk to your doctor about.
The Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care has developed the first formal Canadian guidelines for lung cancer screening.
Low-dose CT scans are now recommended for a specific group of high-risk adults, as opposed to chest X-rays.
Researchers found a 15 per cent reduction in lung cancer deaths among those screened the new way.
You are considered high risk if you are between 55 and 74-years-old and a heavy smoker, or if you have quit within the last 15 years.
They define heavy smoking as those with a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years – that means someone who smoked a pack a day for 30 years, or someone who smoked two packs a day for 15 years, etc.
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in Canada. Researchers believe for every 1,000 people screened this way, three lives will be saved.