Lung Cancer Screening Brochure - McLaren Lapeer Region

A new option for lung cancer screening

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in the U.S.

About 1 in 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer, which can afflict smokers and non-smokers alike. Early detection and screening can have a significant effect on the outcome of treatment. For this reason, the ACS recommends lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan for those who qualify.

Do I Qualify?

Lung cancer screening isn’t right for everyone. You are eligible for a lung cancer screening if you meet these criteria:

  • Are between 55 and 77 years old
  • Are a current smoker or quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • Have smoked at least 30 pack years
    A pack year is defined as smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for one year. A person can have a 30 pack-year history by smoking one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years.
  • Have not had lung cancer and have no symptoms of lung cancer

Why Should I be Screened?

The goal of lung cancer screening is to detect lung cancer at an early stage and before it has spread. Treatment can then be provided which may reduce the likelihood of dying from lung cancer. However, screening does not prevent the development of lung cancer. The best way to reduce the risk of lung cancer is to not start smoking cigarettes, to quit if you do smoke, and to avoid secondhand smoke.

The only recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan or LDCT). In this test, an X-ray machine scans the body and uses low doses of radiation to make detailed pictures of the lungs. Studies utilizing a CT lung screening showed a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer than those screened by chest X-ray.

What is the cost?

Medicare and some private insurance companies now cover the cost of lung cancer screening, and more insurers may cover the screenings in the future.

If covered, your insurance provider may have specific eligibility requirements and follow-up care instructions. Please check with your insurance provider for the specifics of your coverage.

Talk to your doctor about your risk for lung cancer and whether a screening test is right for you.

If you and your doctor determine that a screening is appropriate, and you meet the eligibility requirements, ask your doctor to schedule a lung cancer screening at McLaren Lapeer Region by calling (810) 667-5990.