New lung cancer screenings could save thousands of lives from the leading cause of fatal cancer, according to the American Lung Association.
Lung cancer is the most common form of deadly cancer for both men and women in the United States, said a spokesperson for the organization.
The group launched a public service announcement campaign Tuesday called "Saved By The Scan," in partnership with the Ad Council. Their aim is to educate the public about the importance of screenings to prevent lung cancer.
The campaign focuses on former smokers who may not realize that they are considered high risk and eligible for lung cancer screenings.
Former and current smokers considered at high risk could detect cancer early through these screenings when the disease is more curable, said organization officials.
There are approximately 9 million people in the U.S. at high risk for lung cancer who should consult with their doctor about getting screened, according to the organization.
Individuals at high risk include anyone age 55 to 80 who has a smoking history of 30 "pack years." That would amount to one pack a day for 30 years, two packs for 15 years or any combination of packs over time that equal 30 years.
They could still be a smoker or have quit in the last 15 years to qualify as high risk, said organization officials.
To learn more about the campaign and take a lung cancer screening eligibility quiz, click here.