Lung cancer is one of the most diagnosed cancers, and the leading cause of cancer death in British Columbia. Smoking remains the most significant cause of lung cancer, leading to more than 70% of lung cancer deaths in men, and 55% of lung cancer deaths in women.
Normally, lung cancer symptoms don’t appear until the disease is already at an advanced stage, and has spread. Therefore, it's important to screen when you are not experiencing any symptoms.
Screening works by finding cancer early, when there are more treatment options and a better chance of success. The best way to reduce your risk of lung cancer is to not smoke and to get screened.