Should you get screened for lung cancer?

If you are over the age of 55 and you are a smoker, there is a good chance your physician has recommended that you get a lung scan to screen for lung cancer. There are good reasons for this.

With Kentucky having one of the highest rates of lung cancer in the U.S., screening at-risk individuals can help catch cancers while they’re still treatable. Screening has actually been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths by about 20 percent because it has the ability to detect lung cancer early, before symptoms begin.

So, if you’re considered a candidate for lung cancer screening, what should you expect?

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