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New Online Lung Cancer Screening Tool Available to Marylanders

PHOTO: Radiation oncologist Dr. Elizabeth Gore recommends low-dose screening for early detection of lung cancer. (Photo used with permission.)
PHOTO: Radiation oncologist Dr. Elizabeth Gore recommends low-dose screening for early detection of lung cancer. (Photo used with permission.)
December 13, 2013

BALTIMORE – Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the nation, and accounts for the highest percentage of cancer deaths in Maryland.

The American Lung Association has launched a new online tool to help people determine if they should get what's called a low dose screening for the disease.

"They're quick, simple, sensitive scans to pick up lung nodules or early cancer in patients who are at high risk for lung cancer,” says Dr. Elizabeth Gore, a radiation oncologist.

“So, you're getting a relatively low dose of radiation, different than you would from a diagnostic scan, but it serves the purpose of screening for nodules."

Medical experts believe by screening at-risk individuals, as many as 3,000 to 4,000 deaths could be prevented each year.

Gore says the earlier the cancer is detected, the better the chance of saving a person's life.

The online screening is at LungCancerScreeningSavesLives.org.

The online assessment takes visitors through a series of questions that help determine if they meet guidelines for the low-dose screening.

Anyone can take the assessment, but Gore says certain people should make it a point to do it.

"People who are at high risk for lung cancer,” she explains, “including people who have at least a 30-pack-per-year history of smoking – they're older than 50."

Lung cancer accounts for 28 percent of all cancer deaths in Maryland.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD