Dr. Henschke shares how women can advocate for their lung health.
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How can women advocate for their lung health? DR. Claudia Henschke: We think that screening is not a yes or no answer. We think that each person and in this case, each women needs to understand what her age, her smoking habits, or/and other family, if there has been family history of lung cancer and needs to ask the question and have information available to them. So they should be able to say, well doctor, what's my chances of getting lung cancer and what's my chances of having a benefit from getting a CT screening? And once that conversation takes place between each person, the woman and the doctor then they should make up their mind whether it's worthwhile to pay for that CT scan. Now a CT scan is really very low cost. You can get it in this country between a $150 on up $300 as a common charge, that is, is ask for a CT scan. So it's not so costly when you think about it, it might potentially save your life.