Steps you can take to lower your risk of thoracic cancer and stay healthy are quitting smoking and reducing your exposure to certain environmental factors.

Lung cancer: Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. If you smoke, it is best to quit now. Other risk factors include exposure to secondhand smoke, radon and asbestos, and family history.

Esophageal cancer: Smoking, alcohol use and gastric reflux have been associated with forms of esophageal cancer.

Mesothelioma: Working with asbestos is the major risk factor for mesothelioma, a cancer that starts in the lining of the lung. Inhaled asbestos particles can cause damage that leads to this type of lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Screening Program

Bridgeport Hospital offers a lung cancer screening to those who qualify using a low-dose lung CT screening (CAT scan). This procedure is currently the most effective way to detect lung cancer early, when it’s most treatable. The screening only takes a few minutes to administer. Those at high risk who might qualify for the screening include anyone between the ages of 55 and 80 with the following:

  • History of smoking a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years
  • Are current smokers or quit within the past 15 years 

To find out if you qualify for a lung cancer screening or to make a referral, please call 203-384-3904. All calls are kept confidential.

Frequently Asked Questions

A low dose CT (Computed Tomography) scan is used to take multiple images of the chest to look for an abnormality on the lungs which may be cancerous.

Lung screening CT scans use less radiation than a typical CT scan - about ¼ the radiation - which is about equivalent to the amount of radiation used in a mammogram.

It is important to note that while a screening CT scan may not detect the presence of cancer, it could reveal other abnormalities. While these findings are unexpected, they may require a follow-up visit with a primary care provider and/or a specialist for further evaluation.

While low dose CT scans tend to expose you to less radiation than that of a normal CT scan, you are still being exposed to radiation. It is about the equivalent to the amount of radiation used in a mammogram.

Smoking cessation continues to be the most effective way to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer. The lung screening CT is not a substitution for stopping smoking.

Even if the CT scan doesn’t detect anything, it is still highly recommended that patients receive annual lung screenings.