Lung Cancer Screening Program
Did you know that 85 percent of people with lung cancer don't show any signs or symptoms until it has become advanced? It's true. That is why if you still smoke or quit your habit less than 15 years ago, you should make a lung screening part of your health routine.
Using a low-dose, spiral-computed tomography (CT) scan rather than a chest X-ray can reduce lung cancer deaths among older, heavy smokers by 20 percent due to earlier detection and treatment.
Commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid insurance plans now cover CT lung screenings for people most at risk.
A person may be appropriate for a lung screening if they meet the following criteria:
- Are a current or former smoker
- Are between 55 to 77 years old (up to 80 years of age for most commercial plans)
- Has a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (this means 1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.)
- Have quit smoking within the last 15 years and meet the previously mentioned criteria
If you meet the above criteria, talk to your primary care doctor about scheduling a lung screening at a UPMC facility.
Lycoming Scheduling: 570-321-2545
Tioga Scheduling: 570-723-0165
Potter Scheduling: 814-274-9300
Early detection is the best defense against any type of cancer; act now if you meet the criteria above and take control of your health and wellness!