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Lung CT Screening LG Health Penn Medicine

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States — more than breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined. It's no secret that smokers have a higher risk of developing lung cancer than non-smokers, even years after quitting. If you are a current or former smoker who is concerned about your risk for developing lung cancer, our low-dose CT screening program may be right for you. This method of early detection for lung cancer has been proven to reduce the risk of lung cancer death by 20%.

The Advantage of Early Detection

Typically, symptoms of lung cancer don't appear until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.

Our low-dose CT screening program is the only recommended tool for detecting lung cancer in its earliest stage — before symptoms are apparent. As with most cancers, early detection of lung cancer offers the best opportunity for a cure.

Who is Eligible for Screening?

Our program follows the guidelines from the National Lung Screening Trial and is recommended for adults between the ages of 55 and 77 who:

  • Have a "30-pack-year" history of smoking. A pack year is the number of packs of cigarettes smoked daily, multiplied by the number of years smoking. For example, one pack a day for 30 years, or 2 packs a day for 15
  • Meet the above criteria and currently smoke or have quit within the last 15 years
  • Have no symptoms or history of lung cancer

Lancaster General Health offers an online assessment to determine if you're eligible for this screening. A doctor's referral is needed to schedule this test.

Is this Test Covered by Insurance?

Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer is covered by a growing number of insurance plans. Check with your insurance company to find out if it is covered by your specific plan. The self-pay fee includes the CT scan, interpretation and written report by a board-certified radiologist, and follow-up reminder from the radiologist to the patient and referring physician, when needed.

Getting the Results

All scans are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist who will send a written report to the patient and referring physician following the screening.

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