Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and
it is most curable when diagnosed early.
Advancements in imaging technology have made it possible to get a complete
picture of the lungs using low-radiation-dose CT. With this painless and
non-interventional exam, lung specialists at Clara Maass Medical Center
are able to find lung cancer at the earliest possible time. At an early
stage, an individual with lung cancer may not have any symptoms—--this
is when the cancer has the highest likelihood of being cured.
Who is Eligible for the Lung Cancer Screening:
If you answer yes to either of the following questions, you may be eligible
for this potentially life-saving screening at Clara Maass Medical Center:
* Are you a current or former smoker age 55 to 74 with a history of at
least 30 "pack years" or more? A pack year is the number of
packs smoked per day, multiplied by the number of years smoked.
* Are you a current or former smoker age 50+ with a history of at least
20 "pack years" or more, and with other risk factors? These include:
- exposure to radon, asbestos or cancer-causing agents in the environment
- significant exposure to second-hand smoke
- a diagnosis of COPD or emphysema
- a first-degree relative who has had lung cancer
For More Information
If you would like to learn more about the lung cancer screening program
at Clara Maass Medical Center or have questions about this screening,
please contact us at