Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer), and the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women.
Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
Unfortunately, by the time most lung cancers are detected, they have already spread widely and are at an advanced stage. This makes the cancer difficult to treat or cure.
But recently, an early detection lung cancer screening test has has been determined effective at catching lung cancer in its early stages, making it a very treatable disease.
American Lung Association | U.S. National Institutes of Health.
National Cancer Institute. SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2011
Harrington HealthCare System is proud to offer a comprehensive early detection lung cancer screening program to the community.
This comprehensive program engages the patient, physician, and radiologist to monitor the patient’s condition.
Are You at Risk?
Patients critical to be screened are those who:
1) Are between 55 and 77 years of age;
2) Are a current smoker, or someone who quit less than 15 years ago;
3) Have a personal history of 30-pack years
Talk to your primary care physician first. If he/she thinks you are eligible, you will contact our referral line to answer a brief questionnaire to determine if the test is right for you.
What Kind of Test is Performed?
The early detection screening test is a simple, fast, and low-dose CT scan ordered by your primary care physician. The exam takes less than 15 minutes to complete, but could be life-saving, as it allows radiologists and physicians to detect any suspicious signs of abnormalities within the lungs.
All adult imaging studies at Harrington HealthCare System are read by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center radiologists.
Is the Test Covered by My Insurance?
Most insurances are covering this early detection screening test. Please consult with your insurance company and your doctor’s office for additional information.