Lung Cancer Screening Program
Now, thanks to medical research showing the life-saving benefits of early lung cancer detection, current and former smokers may be eligible for a free CT scan to detect early signs of lung cancer. Early detection of lung cancer means diagnosis and treatment can happen sooner, when the disease is easier to treat, and possibly cure. For patients who meet the eligibility requirements, this low-dose CT scan is now a free health benefit covered by most insurance plans.
WHAT IS A LUNG CANCER SCREENING?
A lung cancer screening involves a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan. The 10 second scan is quick and painless and will be read by a board-certified radiologist.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Those who may be eligible include:
- Current and former smokers (must have smoked within the last 15 years)
- Those aged 55 to 77 years old
- Those currently showing no symptoms of lung cancer
What should I expect with a screening?
We provide a comprehensive approach to assessing lung cancer risk, and screenings include the following:
- Consultation and personalized risk assessment
- Physical evaluation and a painless, non-invasive, low-dose CT scan
- Results and recommendations within 72 hours of screening
- Ongoing communication with referring physicians
- Medicare and many insurance plans cover lung cancer screening for patients who meet the criteria.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Contact your primary care physician and ask for a referral. If you need a primary care physician, we can help you find one.
Brookwood Baptist Medical Center
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