The facts are sobering. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the world, with five-year survival rates of about 16 percent. Symptoms emerge slowly, so by the time a nagging cough, chest pain, or weight loss develops and lung cancer is diagnosed, the disease may already be advanced.
One way to beat the odds is a low-dose CT (LDCT) scan. With this brief, non-invasive screening, early stage lung cancer is more likely to be detected—when it’s easier to treat successfully.
Who Should Be Tested?
The National Cancer Institute conducted a large national lung screening trial which showed a benefit of using LDCT to detect lung cancer earlier in heavy smokers.
If you answer yes to the statements below, you are most likely a candidate for a lung screening:
- I am between the ages of 50-79.
- I have a significant smoking history, even if I already quit smoking. (I smoked one pack per day for more than 20 years, even though I quit within the past 15 years.)
- I do not have a history of lung cancer within the past five years.
Does Insurance Cover This?
Currently this screening test is not covered by most insurance companies. The cost for the test is $289—a valuable investment towards protecting your long-term well-being.
How Do I Make an Appointment?
For more information on the Holy Redeemer Lung Cancer Screening Program, visit holyredeemer.com/lungcare, or to make an appointment, call us at 215-938-LUNG. A dedicated lung navigator will walk you through the process. LDCT scanning takes place in the Radiology Department at Holy Redeemer Hospital.