Lung Cancer Screening
Finding lung cancer early can save your life. Our team is here to help you with the early detection of lung cancer. If you are concerned about the health of your lungs, call to learn more about our Lung Screening Program. Pre-screening will occur to ensure you meet insurance coverage criteria.
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Finding Lung Cancer Early
Lung cancer, like most cancers, is most easily treated when discovered early. Based on findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we know that low dose computed tomography (CT) lung screening can save lives of people at risk for developing lung cancer. Our lung cancer screening program uses a chest CT scan to test for the disease – even when no symptoms, clinical signs or history of the disease exist.
Low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. It is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The test takes less than 10 seconds. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam, and you don’t even need to change as long as clothing on your chest does not contain metal (such as zippers). You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least 6 seconds while the scan is being taken.
Screening is open to everyone; however, people with a history of cigarette smoking have a higher risk of lung cancer. This may vary based on amount of cigarettes smoked each day and the person’s age when he or she started smoking. Also, high levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure may increase risk.
You may qualify for a LDCT lung screening if you meet the following criteria:
- You are between 55 and 77 years old
- You are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
- Have smoking history of at least 30 “pack years” (i.e. smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, or 3 packs a day for 10 years).
- Are relatively healthy without signs of symptoms of advanced lung disease
Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance providers cover LDCT lung screenings with a dedicated counseling and shared decision-making visit, discussing the risks and benefits of the screening test. We will check with your insurance provider prior to your exam.
Screening for lung cancer can help detect any issues early, decreasing the death rate by 20 percent. However, it is only helpful if you continue to have the LDCT scan done yearly.
Smoking is leading cause of lung cancer. If you are ready to quit, we have tools available to help you. If you have already quit, way to go! If not, click here.