Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Did you know that only 4.9% of people who are eligible for lung cancer screening in New York get screened?

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in America. Getting screened for lung cancer can change that. Lung cancer screening helps to find lung cancer early, when it is easier to treat, giving you the best opportunity to have more time to do the things you love with the people you love.

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Who should get screened?

According to the American Lung Association and the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), someone is considered to be at "high risk" for developing lung cancer if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Between the ages of 50 and 80
  • Have a 20 pack-year history of smoking (this means 1 pack a day for 20 years, 2 packs a day for 10 years, etc.); and
  • Are currently a smoker or have quit within the last 15 years

Are you at high-risk for lung cancer and want to talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening? Here is a conversation guide that can help you.

Read the ALA's Conversation Guide

How often do I need to get screened for lung cancer?

If you meet the criteria for lung cancer screening — are between the ages of 50-80 years of age, have a 20 pack-year history of smoking, and currently smoke or have quit withing the last 15 years — it is recommended that you get screened every year, similar to other routine cancer tests.

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Do I need a referral from my doctor to get screened for lung cancer?

Most places that offer lung cancer screening do require a referral from a doctor. Some places allow you to refer yourself for lung cancer screening. Be sure to check with the facility where you would like to go to get screened and talk with your doctor about what is required in advance.

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Is lung cancer screening covered under my insurance?

Many insurance plans will cover lung cancer screening if you meet all of the criteria to get screened and the facility is in your plan’s network. Call your insurance company first to see what is required and where you can go for a screening within your network.

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