Lung Cancer Screening Program

The Premier Health Cancer Institute now offers a lung cancer screening program for your patients who are at high-risk for lung cancer. The screening calls for a low-dose CT (LDCT) – a proven method for detecting lung cancer at its earliest stages.

The screening criteria are based on the NCCN guidelines. Patients who may qualify for this screening must be:

  • Between the ages of 55-74 who are currently smokers or who have quit within the last 15 years, and have smoked at least one pack per day for 30 years
  • Between the ages of 50-74 who have smoked at least one pack per day for 20 years, plus have one additional lung risk factor, such as COPD, or occupational exposures. Secondhand smoke exposure is not a risk factor for the LDCT

Find the full list of eligibility requirements.

Screenings are available at all Premier Health hospitals and many outpatient imaging centers. This self-pay screening costs $79 and is not traditionally covered by insurance.

A physician referral is required for this screening. You may schedule an appointment via Epic under 40868, CT lung screening or CT lung cancer screening, or by calling central scheduling toll-free at (855) 887-7364.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in the US. Nearly 85 percent of all lung cancer cases are related to smoking. About 37 percent of adults are current or former smokers. Currently, the low-dose CT is the only recommended screening test for lung cancer, and it is widely considered an effective tool for early detection.

More information about the Lung Cancer Screening Program is available for your patients on our website at premierhealth.com/lung

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