Lung Cancer Screening
Can This Screening Make a Difference for Me?
Facts about lung cancer in the United States:
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.
- More than 226,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed this year.
- More than 160,000 people will die from lung cancer this year.
Learn more about WellSpan’s new early-detection screening:
Recent research shows a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths among current or former heavy smokers who are screened with a low-dose spiral CT scan (as opposed to traditional x-ray screening). This non-invasive advanced technology creates 3D images of the internal structure of a patient’s lungs, allowing physicians to more easily identify nodules (potentially cancerous cells).
Until now, lung cancer was difficult to detect until the disease reached advanced stages. This new screening makes early detection possible, a key factor for lung cancer survival.
Am I a candidate for a CAT scan lung cancer screening?
You are eligible to be a screening candidate if you are:
- A current or former smoker, AND
- Between 55 and 74 years old, AND
- Have a smoking history of at least "30 pack years," in other words:
- One pack a day for 30 years (1 x 30 = 30 pack years), or
- Two packs a day for 15 years (2 x 15 = 30 pack years), etc.
How to schedule a screening:
You must have a signed physician’s order to undergo this special lung cancer screening. Call (855) LNG SCRN (1-855-564-7276) to make your appointment. We will forward the results of your screening to the ordering physician.
The screening costs $100 and payment via credit care is required when you schedule your appointment through WellSpan York Hospital's Imaging Scheduling Center.
Everyone who undergoes lung screening will be offered free tobacco cessation counseling free of charge.
For additional information or questions, please call Diane McElwain, RN, York Cancer Center, at (717) 741-8100.