Lung Cancer Risk Factors and Screening Recommendations

Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Delaware. The state ranks 10th in the nation for prevalence of lung cancer and 13th for lung cancer mortality. Knowing your risk for lung cancer and screening for early detection are the best methods for preventing it.

Risk Factors for Lung Cancer

Risk factors for lung cancer include:

  • Age: 55 to 80 years old
  • Smoking
  • Having quit smoking in the past 15 years
  • Smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years
  • Family history of lung cancer

Lung Cancer Screening Recommendations

Based on results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) and other studies, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, American Lung Association, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, and American Cancer Society all now recommend that individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer consider annual screening with low dose computed tomography (low dose CT scan or LDCT).

To learn more about lung cancer or for help scheduling a screening, visit or call Bayhealth’s lung and colorectal nurse navigator at 302-744-6831.

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