Lung Cancer Screenings - Low Dose CT Scan
Lung Cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in men and women. An estimated 225,000-plus cases were diagnosed in 2012 and 160,000 deaths are expected in 2013.
Lung cancer is typically diagnosed at more advanced stages. That’s why early screening is so important. Medical experts estimate that early screenings save thousands of lives a year.
With the 2012 completion of the randomized National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), evidence shows that screening with low-dose CT scans can reduce lung cancer mortality risk in individuals who have smoked 30 pack-years or more. In the trial, a reduction of 20 percent in lung cancer mortality was observed.
Summa Health System is offering a new CT lung screening test to detect early-stage lung cancer. The test, a low-dose CT scan, produces a 3-D image of the lungs. It is one of the most effective ways to detect early-stage lung cancer for high-risk patients.
Now, individuals at risk for lung cancer can be examined quickly and painlessly.
A doctor’s referral is needed for a CT lung screening test. Any doctor, including dentists, can refer their patients for the test. Request a CT lung screening online.
The benefits of early diagnosis mean:
- Lung cancer treatment can be started sooner
- There is an increased opportunity for less traumatic treatment
- The risk for death from cancer is reduced
Do you qualify?
Lung Cancer Screening Criteria
Summa Health System’s screening recommendations are twofold:
- Age 50 – 54: Individuals who have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years and have one additional risk – radon exposure, occupational exposure, cancer history, family history of lung cancer, COPD or pulmonary fibrosis.
- Age 55 – 74: Individuals who smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years, as well as those who quit smoking during the past 15 years.
What if you don’t fall into one of these categories?
Talk with your primary care physician if you don’t fit a criterion for screening because of your age or tobacco use, but feel you may be at risk. Discussion should include risks and benefits as screening involves low-dose exposure to radiation.
What are the most important risk factors for lung cancer?
The most important risk factor for lung cancer is tobacco use. The percentages of lung cancers estimated to be caused by tobacco smoking in males and females are 90 percent and 78 percent, respectively. Other additional factors are primarily related to occupational exposures to agents such as asbestos, arsenic, chromium, nickel and radon.
Where can I go for a lung screening?
Summa Health System offers the CT lung screening test at 9 locations in Summit, Portage and Medina counties.
Can I request a CT lung screening?
Yes. Talk to your physician or medical specialist about lung cancer and ask for a referral for a “CT lung screening”. Patients need a physician referral to schedule an appointment. If you need a physician, call Summa.
Does insurance cover the cost of a CT lung screening?
Medicare, Medicaid and most private healthcare plans, including SummaCare, cover the cost of a lung screening. Check with your plan.
Does Summa offer smoking cessation programs?
Yes. Classes are offered at multiple Summa locations. For a schedule or to register, call (888) 720-5318 or register online.
Make your appointment for a CT lung screening at one of Summa’s convenient locations in Northeast Ohio by calling (888) 412-8818.