Low Dose CT Screening Drives Early Detection
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Lung cancer is the number-one cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the United States. Early detection increases the five-year survival rate for stage 1 lung cancer to nearly 90 percent.
If you are at high risk for lung cancer, a low-dose CT scan may save your life. At Lahey Health, we pioneered the use of this technology to spot lung cancer at its earliest, most curable stages.
Ours is the largest clinical lung cancer screening program in the country, serving thousands of people. Most cancers found through our screening program are stage 1—the most treatable stage.
We Set the Standard for Lung Cancer Screening
Lahey Health’s radiology and lung cancer experts worked with the American College of Radiology to set the standard for low-dose CT lung cancer screenings. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center was the first facility in the United States to be designated as an accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology.
Dr. Andrea McKee, chair of radiation oncology at our Sophia Gordon Cancer Center, is a highly regarded expert and champion of CT lung cancer screenings as a way to save lives. Her work helped persuade Medicare to cover the cost of screenings for people at high risk.
Do You Qualify?
You may benefit from a low-dose CT lung cancer screening if you meet all of the following criteria:
- Are between the ages of 55 and 77
- Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
- Currently smoke or quit within the last 15 years
- Smoked the equivalent of at least one pack a day for 30 years
The screening is quick and easy, but requires a referral from your primary care doctor.
Most Insurance Plans Cover Screenings, Including Medicare
Medicare covers low-dose CT lung cancer screenings for people who meet the eligibility criteria. The Affordable Care Act requires private insurers to pay for low-dose CT lung screening for anyone at high risk.
At Lahey Health, we help you determine the full extent of your health insurance coverage.
Multiple Screening Locations
We provide lung cancer screenings at six locations:
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington
Addison Gilbert Hospital, Gloucester
Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers
Winchester Hospital Outpatient Center at Unicorn Park, Woburn