Lung cancer screening is an early detection tool, used to clear patients of any threat of the disease.
No symptoms or family medical history are required to be screened. But because medical professionals know that early detection is the best way to beat lung cancer, we apply low-dose computed tomography (low-dose CT scan or LDCT).
The body is scanned using low-level radiation to detect lung cancer with detailed images.
At X-Ray Associates of New Mexico, we know you need answers, so we provide same-day imaging services. Our commitment to caring supports your wellbeing.
Lung cancer screening Alamogordo
XRANM offers state-of-the-art lung cancer screening in Alamogordo. For 65 years, we’ve been bringing New Mexico patients and doctors patient-centered services at our leading-edge facilities throughout the state.
Over the past 2 decades, we’ve introduced diagnostics which weren’t previously available in New Mexico, raising the bar to ensure that patients in this state receive the highest level of assistance and early detection of diseases like lung cancer.
Should you be screened?
The recommendations of the US Preventative Services Task Force stipulate that the following people should attend a yearly lung cancer screening:
- Those who have been heavy smokers or who are heavy smokers*
- Those who currently smoke or who have quit smoking in the past 15 years
- Those between the ages of 55 and 80
*Heavy smoking is defined by having smoked at least 1 pack of 20 cigarettes per day for 30 years or more. The same definition applies to people who have smoked 2 packs of 20 cigarettes for 15 years or more.
Are there risks attached to screening?
Prior to scheduling a lung cancer screening in Alamogordo, patients should be aware that there are three risks associated with the diagnostic:
- It’s sometimes the case that the diagnostic will deliver a “false positive” (detecting lung cancer when the patient doesn’t have the disease). This can lead to additional testing and even surgery which is not needed.
- Testing will sometimes detect cancers which have no health consequences for the patient. This is known as “overdiagnosis”, as treatment will sometimes proceed when unnecessary.
- Repeated exposure to LDCT means repeated exposure to radiation, with the results that cancer may be induced by the test itself.
Because of these risks, lung cancer screening in Alamogordo is available to asymptomatic patients but only those who are in the high-risk groups noted above.
But your best defense against lung cancer is to cease smoking cigarettes immediately. Screening is not a substitute for quitting.
Is there a cut off for screening?
The Preventative Services Task Force recommends that those who are 81 or over, or who have not smoked for over 15 years, as well as those with health conditions which preclude surgery if cancer is detected, should no longer be screened.
XRANM offers a wide range of advanced radiology diagnostics, including lung cancer screening in Alamogordo. Leaders in the field, we’ve raised the bar for other providers in New Mexico, bringing you the most up-to-date technologies currently available.
Contact us to schedule a screening.