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NCCN QUICK GUIDE

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Lung Cancer Screening, Version 1.2017

This NCCNQUICK GUIDE

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sheet summarizes key points from the complete

NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : L

ung Cancer Screening. These guidelines explain which tests and

treatments are recommended by experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines,

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What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is a disease that starts in the cells that make up the lungs.

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What are some risk factors for lung cancer?

Tobacco smoking

Tobacco smoking is the major risk factor for lung cancer.

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Contact with

second-hand

smoke

The more contact you have with second-hand smoke, the higher

your risk for lung cancer.

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Family history

If a parent, sibling, or child had lung cancer, your risk for lung

cancer is higher than a person with no family history.

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What is screening?

Screening can help find disease early, before symptoms occur.

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When should I start screening?

Start before you

have symptoms

Symptoms can include: cough that lasts, blood in mucus,

shortness of breath, wheezing, pain in chest area, tiredness that

lasts, pneumonia, hoarse voice, pain when swallowing, and weight

loss.

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Find out your

level of risk

Screening for lung cancer is an option for two high-risk groups:

• People 55-74 years old, who have smoked for 30 or more

pack years, who quit less than 15 years ago.

• People 50 years old and over, who have smoked for 20 or more

pack years, and have at least one more risk factor other than

second-hand smoke.

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