Screening means testing for a disease when there are no symptoms or history of that disease. Doctors recommend a screening test to find a disease early, when treatment may work better.
Lung cancer screening was recently approved by Medicare. The only recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan, or LDCT).
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends yearly lung cancer screening with LDCT for people who:
- Are between 55 and 80 years old.
- 30 pack year smoking history or greater (Equal to 1 pack per day for 30 years)
- Current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years, and
- No current symptoms of lung cancer
If you think you qualify and want to participate in the screening program please contact our office at 717-234-2561 to set up an appointment. Your initial appointment will last about 45 minutes and will include discussion about lung cancer screening, tobacco history, and program details.
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