Lung Cancer Screening
The next two minutes could save your life. That’s because two minutes is about how long it will take to complete the questionnaire below to see if you qualify for Baptist Cancer Center’s low-dose CT scan for lung cancer screening.
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Lung cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. But studies show the earlier it is detected, the more likely it can be cured. So let's get started.
Early Detection Can Save Your Life
Even if you are not a smoker, you may still be at risk for lung cancer. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, we asked you to delay certain preventive procedures for your safety — and for those around you. But now that we know more about this virus, and how to protect you, we encourage you to be proactive about your health and get screened.
Why should I get a screening test for lung cancer
Many people with lung cancer have no symptoms before diagnosis, so screening for the disease can help detect it before it has spread and is more difficult to treat. If you have ever smoked, even if you have quit, take this questionnaire to determine if you are at risk for lung cancer and should get screened.
What is a cancer screening?
It is a test to check for disease in someone who may not have any symptoms. Some examples of cancer screenings include mammography for breast cancer, pap smears for cervical cancer and colonoscopies for colorectal cancer. Studies have shown that screening individuals at high risk for lung cancer with low-dose CT scans can lead to detecting lung cancer early — when it’s easier to treat and more likely to be cured.
Who is eligible for screening?
Annual lung cancer screenings are recommended for 1) those who are considered heavy smokers (smoking an average of at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years), 2) those who are currently smoking or who quit in the last 15 years, and 3) those between 50 and 80 years old.
How do you screen for lung cancer?
We perform a low-dose CT scan to get a diagnostic image of your lungs. The scan takes just a few minutes and uses a lower amount of radiation than a regular CT scan.
Is screening covered by insurance?
Yes. Medicare and most commercial insurances will cover those 55 years old or older for an annual test with no out-of-pocket expenses. However, additional testing and follow-up scans between screenings may have a cost, such as a co-pay or deductible. Please check with your insurance company to determine if testing is covered.
What happens during a low-dose CT screening test?
A machine called a CT scanner takes 3D X-ray pictures of your lungs using a small amount of radiation. The scan is quick and painless and requires no needles or dyes. Typically, there’s no need to remove your clothing for the test, and you can eat or drink normally before the test.
Are there risks involved with the screening?
As with all cancer screenings, there are risks. For example, some cancers may still be missed, you may be exposed to radiation and some scans may show spots on the lungs, which turn out to be non-cancerous.
When needed, your doctor may recommend additional testing to diagnose or rule out lung cancer. That could mean another low-dose CT scan, a minimally invasive tissue sample/biopsy or possible surgery or other treatments.
Take the questionnaire.
When it comes to lung cancer, it is always best to know than not know. Studies show that screening for cancer, especially if you are at high risk for it, can often make the difference between life and death. Take the questionnaire below to see if you will benefit from lung cancer screening.
Don’t wait until it’s too late
The longer you wait, the more time you give cancer a chance to grow and spread. Isn’t a healthy life worth two minutes of your time?
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Smoking Cessation Fact Sheet
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