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Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and is the leading cause of cancer death in women and men in the United States. To diagnose the disease in its earliest, most treatable stages, The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Parkridge Medical Center offers lung cancer screening.

Why be screened for lung cancer?

Lung cancer is often not diagnosed until it causes symptoms — typically in the disease's later stages when it is more difficult to treat. That's why it is important for the condition to be detected early. Studies have shown that lung cancer screening can reduce the risk of death by 20 percent in people who are considered at high risk for the disease.

Who should be screened?

Lung cancer screening is for people who are at high risk for the disease and is recommended for those who:

  • Are between 55-77 years old
  • Have smoked at least an average of 1 pack a day for 30 years. This includes people who still smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
  • Currently do not have symptoms of a lung condition, such as a new cough or shortness of breath

How does lung cancer screening work?

Parkridge Health offers lung cancer screening via a low-dose CT scan that takes a picture of your lungs. This technology is fast, painless and non-invasive. No medications are required and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam.

How often should I get screened?

Effective screening is conducted over a period of time. Most people who are at-risk for lung cancer should be screened annually.

How much does lung cancer screening cost?

Most insurance providers cover lung cancer screening as a preventive service for high-risk people. They require that a healthcare provider order the exam. Contact your insurance provider for questions about coverage.