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Lung Cancer Screening

 

If you believe you are at risk for Lung Cancer and would like to schedule a screening to see if you qualify for a CT scan, call (844) 217-7843.

Criteria for CT Lung Screening

  • Lung screening is suggested for anyone between ages 55-79 who have a 30-pack year history of smoking.*
  • Lung cancer survivors starting 5 years after initial treatment.
  • Population over age 50, with a 20-pack year history of smoking and 1 other risk factor.

* To calculate your pack year history, multiply the number of packs smoked in one day by the number of years you have smoked.

About a CT Lung Screening Test
A low dose lung CT scan produces more detailed images than a regular chest x-ray and may find early signs of cancer. To have a low dose lung CT, you will be asked to lie on a narrow table and hold your breath as the table passes into an open ring, which moves around you during the test. It is painless and takes about 15 minutes.

  • $199, no insurance billing
  • Results: given to your physician (if you designate one), a copy mailed to you, and with permission your results will be reviewed by Banner Northern Colorado Lung Cancer Screening Program to assist with interpretation of results.
  • email for more information

Additional risk factors for lung cancer

  • Occupational chemical exposure (arsenic, chromium, asbestos, nickel, cadmium, beryllium, silic, or diesel fumes).
  • Known Radon exposure
  • Lung cancer in a 1st degree relative (mother, father, brother, sister)
  • Diagnosed with COPD
  • History of other cancers (lymphoma, head and neck cancers, or
    esophageal cancer)

The importance of lung cancer screening

  • Results from a National Lung Screening trial indicated 20% fewer deaths among current and former smokers who were screened with a low dose spiral CT over a chest x-ray.
  • It is estimated over 80% of lung cancers could be cured if detected at an early stage.
  • It is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States, more than breast, colon and prostate combined.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, 2012 statistics, lung cancer is expected to claim more than 160,340 lives.

Screening recommendations from

  • American Lung Association
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • American Cancer Society
Sterling Regional MedCenter
615 Fairhurst St.
Sterling, CO 80751
(970) 522-0122
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