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Lung Cancer Screening Program
The National Lung Screen Trial (NLST) findings reveal that those who received low-dose CT scans had a 20% lower risk of dying from lung cancer than those that received standard chest X-rays. So, ask yourself the following questions:
What's my risk?
Number of packs smoked per day x Years you have smoked = Packs per year history
You are considered High Risk if you are:
- A current or former smoker age 55-74 AND you have a 30 pack per year history
- Older than age 50 with a 20+ pack per year history plus:
- Radon or occupational carcinogen exposure (asbestos, arsenic, diesel fumes, etc.)
- Family history of lung cancer
- COPD or pulmonary fibrosis
- Personal history of cancer or lymphoma
- If you quit smoking less than 15 years ago, you are still considered High Risk
How Do I Decide If I Should Be Screened?
Discuss your medical history, the risks of screening, and benefits with your physician. In order to be covered by Medicare, you must visit your physician and have an order.
Is This Screening Covered By My Insurance?
Your insurance may or may not cover the cost of a CT scan for the detection of early-stage lung cancer. This screening is covered by Medicare when ordered by your physician after a lung cancer screening counseling appointment. If not covered by insurance, UPHS - Marquette is offering the screening for the affordable rate of $200 - about the cost of smoking a pack a day for a month.
What You Need To Know
The majority of lung cancers are often caused by cigarette smoking and usually not detected until symptoms develop. By that time, the disease is often more advanced, making a cure much less likely.
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States
- Over half of those with lung cancer die within one year of being diagnosed
- Low-dose CT scans provide earlier detection when lung cancer is most treatable and curable
What You Can Do
- If you are a smoker, STOP SMOKING (contact us for smoking cessation help)
- Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke
- Make your home and work environment smoke-free
- Test your home for radon
- Be aware of industrial compounds
If you are still smoking, talk to your physician about ways to help you quit.
For more information on lung cancer screening or smoking cessation, call the UP Health System Cancer Center at 906.449.3900.
To schedule an appointment with UP Health System Central Scheduling, call 906.449.1440.
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