Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, for both men and women. Screening individuals at high risk can dramatically improve lung cancer survival rates by detecting the disease at an earlier stage when it can be more successfully treated. Studies have shown that a low-dose CT scan is the only lung cancer screening tool that reduces the risk of dying from cancer.

At Bayfront Health, we have a dedicated multidisciplinary team of specialists including primary care physicians, pulmonologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons, oncologists, and a nurse navigator that will discuss the best treatment plan for you, should you require further treatment.

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To speak with a nurse or advanced practice provider in our lung program who will guide you through the entire screening process.

Are You Eligible for Lung Cancer Screening?

Bayfront Health follows the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) guidelines for lung cancer screening recommendations. ­Those that meet the below criteria fall in the highest risk group and are urged to undergo annual screenings.

* To determine your pack years, multiply the number of packs smoked per day (1 pack = 20 cigarettes) by the number of years you have smoked.

You should be screened for lung cancer if you meet these conditions.

We recommend you follow up with your primary care physician or specialist if you are experiencing unexplained weight loss, are coughing up blood or have a persistent cough.

How Do I Get a Screening?

If you are at high risk for developing lung cancer and are recommended to receive an annual screening with low-dose CT scans, Bayfront Health will provide the care you need with a focus on ease, convenience and comfort. We offer lung cancer screening appointments where you will receive personalized care in a calming environment. Our imaging teams will support you throughout your entire imaging procedure and provide you with any necessary education, so you can be assured quality care along with peace of mind.

How Much Does a Low-Dose CT Cost?

Screening is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans with no cost sharing. However, eligibility criteria may vary based on the type of plan you have, as many plans are currently updating their criteria to match new guidelines. It is important to know exactly what your insurance will cover, so be sure to verify coverage with your insurer provider before getting a lung cancer screening.

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