Lung Cancer Screening Program
Lung cancer kills more people every year than breast, prostate and colon
cancers combined. It is the number one cause of cancer deaths in the United
States. Many times symptoms do not present themselves until the cancer
has progressed to later stages, but when caught early, the survival rates
In one study (over the course of five years) before screening programs
were implemented, 34% of patients were diagnosed in stage one. After screening
programs were implemented, 69% of patients were diagnosed in stage one.
Screening has also decreased the odds of being diagnosed in stage four
from 35% down to 9%.
The goal is simple: Detect cancer early and save lives.
Patients may have one screen per year as long as they meet the following criteria:
• Ages 55-77
• Current smoker or quit within past 15 years.
• 30 pack year smoking history (number of years smoked multiplied
by packs per day)
• No signs or symptoms of lung cancer (previous cancer dx is ok, as
long as no current symptoms)
The lung cancer screening requires a physician referral. For those who
meet the criteria listed above, it is covered by insurance as a preventative
service, and Medicare covers it at 100% no deductible. For those who do
not meet criteria for insurance or Medicare, we offer a self pay program at $100.
For additional information, or to schedule your screening, contact our
lung cancer screening navigator, at 973-989-3550.