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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in America, but now there's hope. This screening is used to detect lung cancer early, when it is more likely to be curable. If lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the likelihood of surviving 5 years or more improves to 56 percent.*
*Based on early-stage lung cancer stats (stage 1 vs. stage 4)
A low-dose CT scan is a special kind of X-ray that takes multiple pictures as you lie on a table that slides in and out of the machine. A computer then combines these images into a detailed picture of your lungs.
A study on early detection of lung cancer found that the low-dose cancer screening test can reduce mortality for those at high risk. If you're a current or former smoker over the age of 55, you could be at risk.
If you complete our screening eligibility quiz and qualify for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening, you can download a printout to take to your doctor to start the conversation.
The initial scan will be covered without co-pay if you meet the high-risk criteria and are 55–80 years old and have private insurance, or are 55–77 years old and have Medicare. Health plans, including Medicare and private insurance, may charge co-pays if the facility or provider is "out of network." When booking your appointment, confirm with the facility that it and the providers are "in network" to avoid cost‑sharing.
Find a center nearby. It could save your life. Be sure to select the following in your search: Modality: "Computed Tomography" (CT scan), and Designation: "Lung Cancer Screening Center." When choosing a facility, confirm with your insurance company or the facility that it and the providers are part of your health plan's "in network" system to avoid cost‑sharing.
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*If you don't see a site listed in your zip code or within traveling distance, there are additional sites that perform lung cancer screenings but are not yet accredited by American College of Radiology. In addition to participation in the American College of Radiology Lung Cancer Screening registry, these sites must have American College of Radiology CT accreditation in the chest module and their screening protocol must meet minimum technical specifications. You should speak to your doctor to determine what best meets your needs.
Frank was saved by the scan and routinely gets screenings to make sure he remains cancer-free. He is so thankful for the technology and this scan. He believes that anyone who has loved ones who fit the profile, should get the low-dose CT scan, because it certainly saved his life.
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