November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month!

Oct 30, 2020


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know...

  • Overall, the chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 15; for a woman, the risk is about 1 in 17. These numbers include both smokers and non-smokers. For smokers the risk is much higher, while for non-smokers the risk is lower.

  • Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women Each year, more people die of lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

  • Lung cancer mainly occurs in older people. Most people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older; a very small number of people diagnosed are younger than 45. The average age of people when diagnosed is about 70.

Schedule a CT Lung Cancer Screening!

CT lung cancer screening is a low-dose (low-radiation) chest CT exam used to detect early stage lung cancer before signs or symptoms appear. The screening may detect lung abnormalities or nodules that would not otherwise be visible on a plain chest x-ray. Many nodules will be non-cancerous and require no treatment. Some nodules may require further testing.

Who should have this screening?

CT Lung Cancer Screening is considered an annual exam, and intended for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Men and women who are between the ages of 55 to 80 (Medicare ages 55-77) and

  • Current or former smokers (quit within last 15 years) and

  • Minimum 30 pack year history (number of packs per day x number of years smoked)

Why should I have a CT Lung Cancer Screening and What Will It Tell Me?

An x-ray of the chest can be taken to look for early lung cancer, but recent medical studies have shown that low-dose CT scans provide better results. CT scans are able to detect very small nodules in the lung. CT Lung Cancer Screening is especially effective for diagnosing lung cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage.

In 2010, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found 20% fewer lung cancer deaths among participants screened with low-dose CT compared to those screened with chest X-rays.

Is the screening covered by insurance?

If the screening criteria is met (in "Who should have this screening"), CT Lung Cancer Screenings are covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare, with a referral from a healthcare provider. Be sure to check with your insurance plan to see if coverage is available for you.

Have questions? Click here to learn more about CT Lung Cancer Screening as well as eligibility and scheduling information.

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