Dr. Henschke shares what women should know about lung cancer screening.
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What should women know about lung cancer screening? The screening for any cancer is a whole process, and women are quite familiar with undergoing mammography for screening for breast cancer. Similarly, when you screen for lung cancer, you start with a low dose CT scan, and then if you find certain abnormalities, you need to have some further test, typically another low dose scan to see if there is a change. And then, if you find things that are consistent with a malignancy, you would go on for surgery. And that whole process, first of all getting the low dose scan, finding an abnormality, and then determining whether it’s cancer and going to surgery, is the process of screening.