A lung cancer screening could save your life, or the life of someone you love.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many myths about Lung Cancer Screenings. We want to share with you the real facts about Lung Cancer Screenings, which are now covered by most insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Screening is a test specifically for those without any symptoms. People with lung cancer typically do not feel anything or have symptoms until the cancer has spread. If you are in a high risk group, consider screening even if you feel in perfect health.
Many adults have spots on their lungs that are not cancer, regardless of whether they are at high risk for lung cancer or not. But there are guidlines in place to help doctors determine if a spot is more likely to be cancer and what to do about it.
This is a good issue to discuss with your doctor, but the benefit of screening for someone at high risk outweighs the small risks that come from low levels of radiation exposure.
While quitting smoking is one of the most important things you have done for your health, your risk of lung cancer is still higher than that of someone who has never smoked. Think about what motivated you to quit smoking in the first place. Screening is an important part of continuing to take care of your health.
For those who fit high risk criteria, most insurance plans and Medicare cover lung cancer screening with no co-pays or deductibles.
There is a lot of information out there about lung cancer screenings. To find out whether a screening is right for you, we suggest speaking with your doctor. For more information and resources, visit lung.org.