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Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is not only treatable, but potentially curable when diagnosed in its early stages. The physicians at the Scott Memorial Health are committed to providing the best technology available for early detection: Low Dose CT lung screening. This method has been shown to detect cancers not visible on chest x-rays. And more than 80% of lung cancers detected with a CT have been in the earliest stages – with a high probability of cure. The latest research shows that CT lung screenings can save lives, which is why many experts believe it should be a standard procedure for patients who are at high risk.
Should you consider a lung screening? Are you at risk for lung cancer?
- Are you over the age of 55?
- Are you a smoker or have you quit smoking within the last 15 years?
- On average, do you now or have you ever smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for a low-cost CT lung cancer screening. Other risk factors include:
- Radon or occupational carcinogen exposure (asbestos, arsenic, diesel fumes, etc.)
- Family history of lung cancer
- COPD or pulmonary fibrosis
- Personal history of cancer or lymphoma
How Do I Decide If I Should Be Screened?
Low-dose CT screenings provide earlier detection, when lung cancer is most treatable. Discuss your medical history, the risks of screening and benefits
with your doctor. In order to be covered by Medicare, you must visit your doctor and have an order.
Is This Screening Covered By My Insurance?
Your insurance may or may not cover the cost of a low-dose CT screening for detection of early-stage lung cancer. This screening is covered by Medicare when ordered by your doctor after a lung cancer screening counseling appointment.
What You Can Do
- If you are a smoker, start a plan to quit. We can help!
- Make your home and work environment smoke-free.
- Be aware of occupational exposures.
If you are still smoking, talk to your physician about ways to help you quit.