Lung cancer doesn't always show any signs or symptoms in the early stages. If lung cancer symptoms do occur, they may include:
- Shortness of breath
- A cough that doesn't go away or a change in a chronic cough
- Coughing up blood, even a small amount
- Chest pain or wheezing
- Joint pain
- Weight loss
Lung Cancer Screenings
The Comprehensive LungCare Program at CentraState Medical Center, in conjunction with Freehold Radiology Group, is now offering free, low-dose CT screenings, using a state of the art 64 slice CT scan, for those individuals considered at high risk for developing lung cancer. Participants will be screened once a year for three years. To receive the free CT scans, participants must:
- Be a current or former smoker age 55 to 74.
- Have smoked for 30 pack years or more (1 pack a day for 30 yrs, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.).
- Still be smoking or have quit in the past 15 years.
CT scans have an advantage over chest X-rays for lung cancer screening because they can detect cancer at its earliest stages, including tumors that are only 1 centimeter. Early detection of lung cancer can increase the five-year survivorship rate by 20 percent. Request a free lung cancer screening today to find out if you’re at risk.