Lung Cancer Screening
Early detection saves lives
Early detection saves lives. It’s a fact. We know it works for breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. And now we finally have scientific evidence proving that lung cancer screening saves lives, too.
WHAT’S YOUR RISK?
Low dose CT screening for people in the high risk category has been proven to dramatically reduce lung cancer mortality. Age and smoking history are the two main factors used to determine if someone is at high risk for lung cancer and possibly a good candidate for screening.
If you can answer yes to all three, schedule an appointment soon to talk to your doctor about Low Dose CT Screening
- Between the ages of 55 and 80
- Smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or
2 packs a day for 15 years
- Still smoking or stopped within 15 years
- Exposure to radon
- Exposure to asbestos or other carcinogens’s such as arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, silica, coal smoke, or diesel fumes
- Family history of lung cancer
- Personal history of other cancers or lung diseases
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers lung cancer screenings with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) once per year if you meet all of these conditions:
- You’re age 55-77.
- You don’t have signs or symptoms of lung cancer (asymptomatic).
- You’re either a current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
- You have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 “pack years” (an average of one pack (20 cigarettes) per day for 30 years).
- You get a written order from your doctor.
Most private insurance plans cover screening for patients 55 to 80 years old. Be sure to check with your insurance plan to learn about coverage. If you have Medicaid, check with your state for coverage guidelines and prior authorization requirements.