• Lung Cancer ScreeningBreathe easier knowing the condition of your lungs. If you are a current or former smoker, there is a quick and easy lung cancer screening available for you.


Get Screened for Lung Cancer Today

Screening for some types of cancer has reduced the number of deaths through early detection and treatment. In most cases, including lung cancer, screening for cancer is most effective before symptoms appear.

Recent research provides much-needed hope in the fight against lung cancer. Results of the National Lung Screening Trial 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 more easily treated, is key to increasing chances of survival.

Lung cancer screenings are offered in:

  • Tulsa:
    • Hillcrest Medical Center, 1120 S. Utica Ave.
    • Hillcrest Hospital South, 8801 S. 101st E. Ave., (91st & Hwy. 169)
  • Claremore: Hillcrest Hospital Claremore, 1202 N. Muskogee Pl.
  • Cushing: Hillcrest Hospital Cushing, 1027 E. Cherry St.
  • Owasso: Bailey Medical Center, 10502 N. 110th E. Ave. (106th St. N. & N. Garnett)
  • Pryor: Hillcrest Hospital Pryor, 111 N. Bailey Ave.
     

Lung Cancer Screening: Is It Right for Me?

A lung cancer screening is recommended if you:

  • Are a current or former smoker who has quit within the past 15 years
  • 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. Medicare and many - but not all - private insurance companies pay for this service. Deductibles apply in some cases. Please contact the Lung Center to find out if this is a covered benefit with your insurance plan.

The best way to prevent lung cancer is to avoid smoking or to stop smoking immediately. If you currently smoke, talk to your primary care physician about ways to help you quit.
 

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