Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the number-one cause of cancer death among men and women in the U.S. But the good news is that early detection can increase the 5-year survival rate for stage 1 lung cancer to nearly 90%.
Beverly Hospital has established a Center of Excellence for lung cancer screening to ensure the highest quality screening and care. People at high risk for lung cancer are screened using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), shown to be the best way to find lung cancer at the earliest possible stage.
Without CT screening, lung cancer usually is not found until a person develop symptoms. At that point, the cancer is much harder to treat.
Low-dose CT lung cancer screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have.
- The exam takes just minutes.
- No medications are given, and no needles are used.
- You can eat before and after the exam.
- You do not need to get changed as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal.
Learn the Facts
Who Is Eligible for Lung Cancer Screening?
Lung cancer screening is quick and easy. You may qualify for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening if you meet all of these criteria:
- Are between 50 and 80 years old
- Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
- Are a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years
- Have smoked the equivalent of at least one pack a day for 20-30 years
- Have a secondary lung cancer risk factor
If you qualify, you will need a referral from your doctor in order to be screened. We are happy to help you obtain this referral.
Insurance Coverage for Lung Cancer Screenings
Medicare covers low-dose CT lung cancer screenings for people 55-80 who meet the eligibility criteria, and the Affordable Care Act requires that private insurers cover CT lung screening for all those at high risk.
At Beverly Hospital, we will work with you to determine the full extent of your coverage for this lifesaving screening.