To set up an appointment
for a lung cancer screening test, call 855-399-LUNG (5864)
and speak to our Nurse Navigator to set up a lung screening CT exam.
Should you be screened for Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Often the disease does not show symptoms until it has progressed to advanced stages, when it is difficult to treat and chances of survival decrease.
A low-radiation-dose CT (LDCT) scan can detect lung cancer at its earliest stages, making treatment both easier and more effective—and early detection is the key to beating any cancer. Such screening is only appropriate for people who may be at higher risk for lung cancer due to their history of smoking.
An LDCT scan of the chest to screen for lung cancer is like a mammography screening for breast cancer. Both can detect cancer in its early stages and save lives. In a reported study, LDCT lung cancer screening has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths by 20-33% in high-risk populations. It is estimated that following government screening guidelines could save an additional 10,000 to 20,000 lives each year.
Should You Be Screened?
People with a history of cigarette smoking have a high risk of lung cancer. In fact, tobacco use accounts for almost 90% of all lung cancers. The more cigarettes you smoke per day and the earlier you started smoking, the greater your risk of lung cancer.
Not everyone should be screened for lung cancer. Government guidelines, updated in 2022, recommend a lung cancer screening if you meet the following criteria:
You are between 50 and 77 years old.
Have a smoking history of at least “20 pack-years”
Smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years
Smoked 2 packs a day for 10 years
Calculate your “Pack Years” smoking history.
3. You are a current Smoker, or have quit within the last 15 years.
Next Steps if you meet the criteria above:
4. You will need to talk with your doctor to decide if screening is right for you.
5. A doctor’s order is required to be scheduled for screening.
Questions? We’re here for you
Our Lung Cancer Screening Program Nurse Navigators are here to answer your questions about lung screening. Your navigator can also help set up appointments and answer any other questions you might have. Contact a Nurse Navigator at 855-399-LUNG (5864).
Do I need a physician referral?
For Medicare and some private insurance plans, you need to have a “shared decision making” visit with your physician to be referred for a lung CT screening exam.
How much will the screening cost?
Insurance companies may provide coverage to patients that meet the eligibility in Category 1. Check with your provider. You may be required to pay a deductible or co-insurance amount, which will be payable at the time of your test.
How quickly will I receive results?
We will call you with your results the next business day.