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Is a Lung Cancer Screening Right for You?

Jul 2, 2017

If you have smoked for many years, you may want to think about screening (testing) for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT).

Who should be screened for lung cancer?

  • Ages 55 to 80 years old
  • Do not have any signs or symptoms of lung cancer (diagnostic testing may be recommended for people who do have signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
  • Have not had lung cancer before
  • Currently smoke or quit less than 15 years ago
  • Are or were heavy smokers (30 pack-years history such as those who smoked 1 pack per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years)

Most private insurance plans cover lung cancer screening for people age 55 through 80 with no out-of-pocket costs. Medicare covers lung cancer screening with no out-of-pocket costs for people up to age 77 years who meet other criteria.

Learn more about Lung Cancer Screenings and how to schedule one.

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