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Lung Cancer Screenings

Only 15% of lung cancers are diagnosed at an early stage because often there are no symptoms. If you are, or were, a heavy smoker, you could be living with lung cancer, unaware.

 

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death for men and women, outnumbering colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Our lung cancer screening program offers those at risk for lung cancer the opportunity to screen for it before symptoms develop.

Lung cancer screening is covered by Medicare and major insurances. If you are 55-74 years old or over 50 with a family history of lung cancer, you may qualify for our lung cancer screening program.

Take A Listen: Below, Dr. Murali Dharan discusses discusses the importance of lung cancer screenings, as well the benefits, risks, and the symptoms to look out for on Dignity Health's Hello Healthy podcast.

 

Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines

  • Age: 55 to 74 with no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Smoking history: Active or former smoker with a 30 pack year history (A "pack year" is the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes per day, per year. One pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years would both be 30 pack years.)
  • Active smoker: If you are an active smoker, we strongly urge you to enter a smoking cessation program
  • Former smoker: If you are a former smoker, you must have quit within the past 15 years

 

Learn More

To find out if you qualify for a lung cancer screening or for more information, please contact your primary care physician (PCP).

 

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