Lung Cancer Screening Online Toolkit



Primary Competency

Public Health Sciences Skills

Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men AND women—Not breast or colon cancer which get good coverage in the press—but Lung Cancer. In fact, more patients die of lung cancer each year in the United States than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined!   Finding lung cancer early provides the best chance for a cure and we now have a proven method to screen for lung cancer.

Having a simple low dose CT scan(CAT scan) is an easy, cost effective way to detect lung cancer early when it can be cured.  In the same way that many women get yearly mammograms to detect breast cancer early, individuals at high risk for lung should consider getting a yearly LD-CT scan to detect lung cancer early.  

Lung cancer screening is not just a test. It is one element in a multidisciplinary process within a structured program that meets accreditation guidelines.

Learning Objectives
  1. Explain that lung cancer screening is part of a process within a comprehensive program
  2. Describe the essential elements of lung cancer screening programs for providers
  3. Describe the facility and equipment requirements for accredited lung cancer screening imaging centers
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