Get a Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
One reason for the low survival rate is that lung cancer is often recognized in its later stages, when it is most difficult to treat and the course of action is limited. The Lung Cancer Program at Doctors Hospital of Laredo offers a low-dose lung CT screening exam to help diagnose people over 55 who are at risk for lung cancer. The screening takes just a few minutes but can provide answers that last a lifetime.
Who is Eligible for a Lung Cancer Screening?
Medicare Part B covers a lung cancer screening using low-dose CT once a year. Medicare Part B covers the cost of a lung cancer screening if all of the following conditions are met:
- Age 55-77
- Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
- Either a current smoker or has quit smoking within the last 15 years
- A smoking history of at least an average of one pack a day for 30 years
- A written order from their physician or a qualified non-physician practitioner
Smokers are at High Risk
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the ACS have recommended screening smokers who are 55 to 74 years old that have smoked a pack of cigarettes or more a day for 30 years or longer and are still smoking or quit less than 15 years ago.