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Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer starts when abnormal cells grow out of control in the lungs. Lung cancer and smoking often, but not always, go hand in hand.

Screening for Lung Cancer

  • 6 for Life Health Assessment
    • A disease risk assessment screening, 6 for Life is a written, personalized report that measures your risk for six major, chronic diseases including lung cancer. You receive a risk score for each disease condition — the report also identifies modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Learn More

Who should have a 6 for Life assessment?

  • People who want to be proactive about their health
  • Anyone with relevant risk factors
  • Anyone with a family history of coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, congestive heart failure, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and/or lung cancer

How often should I get a 6 for Life assessment?

  • Annually, if you are high risk for coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, congestive heart failure, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and/or lung cancer
  • Every three to five years, if your biometric values are normal

*Recommended guidelines only. Consult with your physician.

How do I prepare for a 6 for Life assessment?

  • 6 for Life includes blood testing for cholesterol and glucose, you should prepare as you would for those tests.
  • You must fast (no food or drink, except water) for eight hours before your cholesterol and glucose screenings.
  • Wear a short-sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that are easy to roll up

Warning signs

Early lung cancer does not cause symptoms. However, as it grows, the most common symptoms include:

  • A cough that gets worse or does not go away
  • Trouble breathing, such as shortness of breath
  • Constant chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Hoarse voice
  • Frequent lung infections, such as pneumonia
  • Feeling tired all of the time
  • Weight loss with no known cause

Risk factors

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Secondhand tobacco smoke
  • Radon exposure
  • Exposure to asbestos, radon, arsenic, chromium, nickel and other cancer-causing substances
  • Air pollution
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Personal history of lung cancer
  • Age over 65

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