Did you know lung cancer is the cause of one-third of cancer deaths in Delaware? Here’s what you can do to identify it while it’s still treatable.
According to Nicholas Petrilli, M.D., medical director at ChristianaCare’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, most cases of lung cancer aren’t discovered until it’s too late. That’s why he strongly recommends a simple medical exam that may identify lung cancer while it’s still treatable.
“If anyone is or has been a smoker and meets the eligibility requirements, I urge them to get screened,” Petrilli says. Screening by a low-dose computed tomography (christianacare.org/lung-screenings; 302-623-CARE) is recommended for current or former heavy smokers between ages 50 and 80 who are asymptomatic and have not received a CT lung scan within the past year. Screening is painless and only takes about 15 minutes, Petrilli says. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance generally cover the cost of the exam.