Are you eligible for Low Dose Cancer Screening?

For people who are eligible for screening and decide to get screened, the chances of finding cancer early is higher. Finding cancer early generally means that there are more treatment options available. Lung cancer screening is an additional preventive service benefit under the Medicare program and is offered to those who meet a specific set of criteria. Stevens Community Medical Center has Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screenings, ask your provider if a screening like this is right for you. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Age- Must be 55-77 years of age
  • Asymptomatic- No signs/symptoms of lung cancer
  • Tobacco Smoking History- History of at least 30 pack/years
  • Current or Recent Smoker- Smoke now/quit within the last 15 years
  • Written Provider Order- Receive written order from provider

 

WHAT ARE THE HARMS OF SCREENING?

 

Lung cancer CT screening only helps to find cancer if it is already there. It cannot prevent cancer. The only way to prevent cancer is to stop smoking if you have not already done so. Screening uses a CT scan which uses a lower dose of X-Ray radiation than a conventional CT scan. The additional risk of developing fatal lung cancer from one adult exam is low enough that it is difficult to measure, with the estimated chances being between 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 10,000. Other potential harms from screening include: false alarms, overtreatment, more testing, and invasive procedures.

BENEFITS OF SCREENING:

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, when performed appropriately, the benefits of a CT scan far exceed the risks. CT scans can provide detailed information to diagnose, plan treatment for, and evaluate a variety of conditions. Evidence suggests that early detection using LDCT could reduce the number of deaths caused by lung cancer each year. 

Helpful Links:

https://www.thelungcancerproject.org/screening/
https://www.lung.org/
https://shouldiscreen.com/