Using tobacco is, by far, the greatest risk factor for lung cancer, and the risk continually increases the longer a person uses tobacco and the more they use. Tobacco use includes smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipes and also includes chewing tobacco.

Not smoking or chewing tobacco is the best way to prevent the disease. In fact, people who quit using tobacco continue to reduce their risk for lung cancers as they continue to age. For example, quitting tobacco for 10 years reduces your lung cancer risk by about 50 percent. That risk decreases even further the longer you don’t use tobacco.

People at high risk for lung cancer can be screened by our expert OSUCCC – James pulmonologists to detect lung cancer as early as possible.

In our screening clinic, we define high-risk individuals as:

  • People between 55 and 80 years old who have a history of smoking the equivalent of two packs a day for 15 years or a pack a day for 30 years and who still smoke
  • Ex-smokers who quit within the past 15 years

Lung Cancer Screening

The OSUCCC – James offers comprehensive screening for people at high risk for lung cancer. High-risk individuals include:

  • People between 55 and 80 years old who have a history of smoking the equivalent of two packs a day for 15 years or a pack a day for 30 years and who still smoke
  • Ex-smokers who quit within the past 15 years

Lung-cancer screening at the OSUCCC – James, which starts with low-dose computed tomography (CT), is more comprehensive than at nearly any other hospital or commercial laboratory in the United States.

Because we know that no lung cancer is ever routine, screenings at the OSUCCC – James are highly detailed, using the latest technology and evaluations by experienced physicians. In addition, we are leaders in research to develop blood tests to help diagnose lung cancers earlier than was previously possible.

OSUCCC – James screenings also include a same-day consultation with a board-certified pulmonologist and if you would like, a certified smoking-cessation specialist as well.

If you have received a lung cancer diagnosis, or if you want a second opinion or just want to speak to a lung cancer specialist, we are here to help you. Call 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment. 

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