Get Screened for Lung Cancer Today
Screening for lung cancer means testing for cancer before there are any symptoms. Screening for some types of cancer has reduced deaths by early detection and treatment. Now there is a test that can reduce death from lung cancer through early detection.
No one should die from lung cancer. Fortunately, new research provides some much-needed hope in the fight against lung cancer. Results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) released in August of 2011 showed that screening with low-dose spiral computed tomography (CT) scans compared to chest X-ray reduced lung cancer deaths among older heavy smokers by 20 percent. Improved detection at earlier stages, when lung cancer is much more easily treated, is key to increased survival.
Now offering lung screenings in:
- Hillcrest Medical Center, 1120 S. Utica
- Hillcrest Hospital South, 8803 S. 101st East Ave., (91st & Hwy. 169)
- Owasso – Bailey Medical Center, 10502 N. 110th East Ave., (106th St. North & N. Garnett)
- Claremore – Hillcrest Hospital Claremore, 1202 N. Muskogee Place
- Cushing – Hillcrest Hospital Cushing, 1027 E. Cherry
Lung Cancer Screening: Is It Right for Me?
A lung cancer screening is recommended if you:
- Are a current or former smoker
- Are age 55 to 80
- Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (that is, one pack per day for 30 years, two packs per day for 15 years, etc.)
If you do not fit all three of the criteria above, talk to your primary care physician.
While a lung cancer screening could save your life, there are minimal risks involved. Have a conversation with your primary care physician about getting a low-dose CT scan to screen for lung cancer. Discuss your complete health history. Ask for a clear explanation about the possible benefits and risks of being screened.
The cost for the lung screening is $99. While you are responsible for paying this fee, Medicare and many private insurance companies are considering paying for it in the near future. Please contact the Lung Center to find out if this is a covered benefit with your insurance plan.