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What is Lung Cancer Screening?
Lung cancer screening is a regular preventive health check, like a mammogram or a colonoscopy. A lung cancer screening checks your lungs while you are healthy and looks for any changes from year to year.1-3
If your doctor recommends lung cancer screening, it doesn't mean he or she thinks you have cancer. In fact, most people who get screened do not have cancer.1,3-5
Who Should Get Screened for Lung Cancer?
Why Screen for Lung Cancer?
LDCT Screening Is
What Happens During a Lung Cancer Screening?
During the screening, an LDCT scan creates a detailed 3-D picture of your lungs. While this scan will expose you to a low dose of radiation, LDCT uses 75% less radiation than a traditional CT scan and shows more detail than a standard chest X-ray. An LDCT scan is the only method recommended for lung cancer screening.2,3,9,10
An LDCT scan takes about 10 minutes, and no medicines or needles are required.2,11,12
What if I'm Worried About the Results?
It is normal to have anxiety about lung cancer screening (sometimes called "scanxiety"). It is important to know that about 75% of people screened will test negative for lung cancer.4,13
Even a positive result typically does not mean you have lung cancer—it may just be a false alarm (a "false positive").4,7
The American College of Radiology recently created a new standard for LDCT screenings and reports called Lung-RADS™ (Lung Imaging and Reporting Data System). This new standard has resulted in fewer false positives, as well as fewer unnecessary follow-up scans and procedures.14
Most People Screened Do Not Have Cancer14
*Based on a review of data from the National Lung Screening Trial using Lung-RADS™ criteria.
If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, you have more options than ever before.15,16 Your healthcare provider will help you choose the best path forward.
Are You Covered?
Lung cancer screening is covered by Medicare for patients 55 to 77 years old and by most commercial insurance plans for patients 55 to 80 years old.17,18
WHERE CAN I GET SCREENED?
The GO2 Foundation provides helpful lung cancer screening information and can help you locate screening centers across the United States.
Check out the Screening Centers page on the GO2 Foundation Website for additional information.