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Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Cancer Screening

When it comes to lung cancer, early stage diagnosis is key to survival. The problem is that due to lack of symptoms, most lung cancer is found too late. Lung cancer screenings have been designated standard of care by the U.S. Preventative Health Services Task Force.

That’s why the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center offers lung cancer screenings for high-risk patients. Screenings are held from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month.

Why get screened at UT Health?

  • The safest CT scanner in the region with the lowest dose radiation required.
  • Prompt results. CT scans are read immediately by radiologists with preliminary reports from pulmonologists.
  • Smoking cessation counseling offered.

Are you a good candidate for screening?

The screenings are most effective for high-risk patients who are:

  • Between the ages of 55 and 77 who have smoked at least 30 pack years (smoking one pack a day for a year) of cigarettes or have quit within the last 15 years
  • Between the ages of 50 and 77 who have smoked at least 20 pack years of cigarettes and who have an additional risk factor, such as radon exposure, cancer history, lung disease history, lung cancer history or occupational exposure (factory work, pesticides, etc.)

Lung cancer screenings are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.

The National Institutes of Health website provides details about lung cancer screening risks and benefits: www.cancer.gov/types/lung/patient/lung-screening-pdq#section/_38
www.cancer.gov/types/lung/research/NLSTstudyGuidePatientsPhysicians.pdf

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 419.383.3927.

Last Updated: 4/20/16