Lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer death in Australia.
About 85% of lung cancers are caused by smoking.
Early detection doubles a person’s chance of survival.
On December 31st 2013, the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPTS) endorsed annual Low Dose CT screening of high risk smoking patients. Perth Radiological Clinic has committed to provide this service to patients in Perth.
The goal of annual screening using very low dose CT scans is to identify lung cancer at an early stage so that it can be successfully treated and thus reduce the death rate of lung cancer. The screening program is aimed at patients who:
• Have a history of heavy smoking
• Are aged between 55 and 80 years old
• Are either current smokers or have quit within the past 15 years
Lung cancer affects men and women smokers equally so the early detection program is designed to benefit both males and females.
The US Task Force concluded that low dose CT scans are more accurate at detecting early stage lung cancer than other screening tests (eg chest x-ray) and that many lung cancer deaths can be prevented by annual screening of high risk patients.
Perth Radiological Clinic offers low dose CT screening scans at all 15 of our comprehensive metropolitan branches. Please visit the locations section of our website to find your closest clinic.
Please speak to your doctor about a referral.