Lung Watch tests individuals who may be at risk for lung cancer.
Participants must qualify for one of the below groups by meeting all three criteria in one of the two categories. Currently, the Lung Watch program is only offered to patients residing in Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell and Worth counties.
Group ONE Criteria
- 55-77 years old
- Currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
- Have at least a 30 pack year history of smoking
Group TWO Criteria
- 50-77 years old
- Have at least a 20 pack year history of smoking
- Have one additional lung cancer risk factor, not including secondhand smoke exposure
- personal cancer history such as lung, lymphoma, or smoking related cancers
- family history of lung cancer in 1st degree relative (parent, sibling or child
- chronic lung disease (Emphysema, Pulmonary Fibrosis, etc.)
- carcinogen exposure (Arsenic, Asbestos, Cadmium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, radon, silica)
Detecting Lung Cancer Before Symptoms Appear
Lung Cancer can go undiagnosed for years without noticeable symptoms. Typically people may not know they have lung cancer until symptoms appear, and then it is often too late. If detected early lung cancer can be treated more successfully, potentially prolonging life. Lung Watch is a screening program that assesses risk factors to determine if an individual should be screened regularly for lung cancer.
With the knowledge gathered from screening risk factors, a spiral CT scan may be recommended. This scan which can detect nodules on the lungs, is provided to Lung Watch participants at no cost. If needed, cases are referred to a Lung Watch navigator and also presented at the lung tumor conference where a comprehensive team of medical professionals will determine a plan of care. Support groups and social workers are also available.
For more information about Lung Watch, please call 229-312-5753.