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 can help find these cancers early, leading to a higher cure rate.
Martha Jefferson Hospital offers Low Dose CT Screening for early detection of lung cancer.
What is Lung Cancer Screening?
The Lung Cancer Screening is a 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?
At this time, 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.
Who should have this Screening?
This exam is for patients who are at high risk for lung cancer:
- Age 55-74 and smoked a pack a day for 30 years (or smoked two 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 (e.g., 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 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
Call our Lung Screening Navigator to learn more and schedule an appointment (434) 654-4483.
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