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Lung Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life

Last updated: Jan 31, 2019

 

 


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths
in men and women in the United States.1
 

But death from lung cancer
can be prevented
with screening to detect disease in its early stages!
 

If you smoke, quit now
and get screened for lung cancer!

 

You should have lung cancer CT screening if you have no history of lung cancer and:

  • Are a smoker or former smoker age 55 years to 80 years?
  • Quit smoking within the last 15 years?
  • Have a history of 30 or more pack years (the number of cigarettes smoked per day multiplied by the number of years you smoked)5?

 


Lung cancer is a treatable, curable disease
if it is diagnosed early.

Screening for cancer means testing
before you have symptoms.


About CT Scanning for Lung Cancer

CT lung screening is a noninvasive, painless procedure. It does not require contrast dye or intravenous (IV) line placement. The procedure only takes about 10 minutes altogether. When you have the scan, the CT technologist will ask you to lie on an imaging table. You must hold your breath for about 20 seconds while the images are taken.7

 

For more information speak to your primary care provider

Most Insurances cover the cost
of lung cancer screening; however if your insurance does not, and you qualify for this test; the cost to you is $199.

If you smoke, talk with your doctor
about ways to help you quit smoking.


References

1. American Cancer Society. Lung Cancer. What are key statistics about lung cancer? http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/detailedguide/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-key-statistics. Accessed February 18, 2014.
5. Wender R et al. American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines. CA Canc J Clin. 2013;63:106-117.
7. American Lung Association. Lung cancer CT screening. http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/lung-cancer/lung-cancer-screening-guidelines/lung-cancer-screening-doctor.pdf. Accessed February 18, 2014.

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