The American Lung Association has come forward with a new recommendation of low-dose screening for early detection of lung cancer.
To that end, the organization has launched an online tool to assess personal risk.
Unlike mammography for breast cancer or colonoscopy for colon cancer, there has been no widely accepted screening tool to detect lung cancer at an early stage, the ALA says. With the growing consensus that annual low-dose CT screening should be recommended for individuals at high risk for lung cancer, the American Lung Association is launching an online tool to help users determine whether they meet the guidelines to be screened by CT for lung cancer.
“If this screening were widely implemented, 3,000 to 4,000 lives could be saved annually,” the organization reports.
The timing of the launch of the online tool, LungCancerScreeningSavesLives.org, leads up to Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November. The site asks visitors a series of questions that helps determine whether they meet the guidelines to be screened for lung cancer.
“Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in America. This new online assessment tool is a first step toward promoting low-dose screenings that can help identify lung cancers at an earlier, treatable stage, so we can save the lives of people who otherwise might not have been cured,” says Dr. Albert Rizzo, a former American Lung Association National Board Chair.
To learn more about the dangers of lung cancer, check out the new infographic from the ALA shared below.