Did you know that not everyone can actually qualify for lung cancer screening? Current guidelines state that screening for lung cancer is recommended when all of the following lung cancer screening guidelines are met:
- Age 55-77 years
- Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer) no lung infection (pneumonia, bronchitis) within the past 12 weeks
- Current or former smoker (if former smoker, it is recommended that it has been less than 15 years since quitting)
- History of cigarette smoking with pack-years greater than or equal to 30
- You have not had a CT of the chest within the last 12 months
How to Calculate “Pack-years”
20 cigarettes = 1 Pack
To translate smoking history into ‘pack years,’ simply multiply the number of cigarette packs smoked per day by the number of years smoked.
(# packs per day x # total years smoked = pack-years)
For example: 1½ packs a day smoked over a 30-year period = 45 pack years. If an individual has less than a pack per day smoking history calculate pack-years using the formula below.
(# total years smoked x # cigarettes per day) / 20 = pack-years
For example: 40 year smoking history 15 cigarettes per day = 30 pack years
Please note: a physician’s order is required for the Lung CT Scan. If you do not have this information, please make an appointment with your primary care doctor first. If you do not have a primary care doctor, please call 404-778-7777 and a representative will be happy to match you with an Emory provider.
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