Sharon Thompson's Lung Cancer Care

Watch Sharon's story to learn how we gave her peace of mind.

Lung cancer is hard to find in its earliest stages.

Knowing your level of risk can help you find lung cancer earlier, when it’s most treatable. You are at high risk for lung cancer if you:

  • Smoke or have smoked. Smoking causes 90 percent of lung cancer cases.
  • Have been exposed to radon.
  • Have been exposed to on-the-job hazards such as asbestos or uranium.
  • Have a family history of lung cancer.

Lung cancer screening may provide peace of mind and a chance to detect lung cancer at an early stage. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), has found evidence to support low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening for lung cancer if you:

  • Are age 55-80
  • Have a 30 pack-year smoking history (which means one pack a day for 30 years; two packs a day for 15 years, etc.)
  • Currently smoke or quit smoking within the past 15 years

Lehigh Valley Health Network offers a level of care you won’t find anywhere else in the region. Our Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer.

Are you at risk for lung cancer?

You can take control. Arm yourself with knowledge. Learn how to prevent lung cancer. See if you qualify for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening and discover available treatments when you download our guide.