November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

A low dose CT Lung Cancer Screening is one of the most powerful tools we have to save lives, with the potential to save tens of thousands of lives if everyone at risk is screened. Due to low awareness, statistics show that only 4% of eligible current or former smokers have been screened. It’s clear that more needs to be done to educate high-risk Americans about Lung Cancer, as it accounts for more deaths than breast, prostate, and colorectal combined. This one minute test can save your life.

The American Cancer Society recommends yearly lung cancer screening with a low dose CT scan for certain people at higher risk for lung cancer who meet the following conditions:

  • Are aged 55-77 years and in fairly good health
  • Currently smoke or have quit smoking in the past 15 years
  • Have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history (example: 1 pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years)

This screening is covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. If you do not meet the conditions and are worried about your lung cancer risk talk to your physician.  This screening has a very affordable out-of-pocket cost for your peace of mind.