Why Screen for Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer related deaths in the United States and is responsible for more deaths annually than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined. A landmark national study, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, has indicated that screening with low-dose CT scans can help find these cancers early, leading to a higher cure rate.
What is a Lung Cancer Screening?
The Lung Cancer Screening is a low-dose CT scan (computed tomography) which is a type of imaging. The scan covers the entire chest and provides a more detailed look than a standard chest X-ray. The exam takes about 15 minutes in total, with the actual scan lasting only 5 to 10 seconds.
What does this cost?
Most insurers do not cover this type of screening. It is a personal decision and an investment in your health and peace of mind. The total cost is $250, which you will pay at the time of service.
What happens after the screening?
You and your primary care physician will be informed of your screening results within 5 business days. If the results are abnormal, your physicians will coordinate the appropriate follow-up appointments and care.
How do I schedule a Lung Cancer Screening?
Call 1-844-EARLYDX (1-844-327-5939). Our Lung Screening Coordinator will review your risk criteria with you and will determine if you are eligible for screening. If so, the scheduler will help you make your appointment.
Who should have this screening?
This exam is for patients who are at high risk for lung cancer.
- Age 55–80 and smoked a pack a day for 30 years (or smoked 2 packs a day for 15 years)
- A current smoker OR a previous smoker who quit in the last 15 years
- No current symptoms related to lung cancer (Spitting up blood, unintentional weight loss of 15 lbs. If this is happening,
call your doctor immediately.)
- Age 50 or older and smoked a pack a day for 20 years (or 2 packs a day for 10 years) plus one of the following risk factors:
- Family history of lung cancer
- Personal history of any type of cancer
- COPD or Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Exposure to radon, silica, cadmium, asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes or nickel
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