Should I Get Screened for Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. However, lung cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers. Cancer often develops in the lungs from breathing in toxic chemicals. The number one cause of inhaling toxic chemicals is smoking. For smokers, the best way to prevent the disease is to quit. Annual lung cancer screenings are a way to reduce the risk of dying from lung cancer.

Talk to your doctor to discuss your chances of developing lung cancer. Those who are at an increased risk of lung cancer are:

  • Adults aged 50 – 80 years old
  • Current smokers or former smokers, who have a 20 pack per year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

Lung cancer screening is covered by Medicare for patients 50-77 years old and most commercial insurance plans cover it for patients 55-80 years old. Typically, there is no out-of-pocket cost for low-dose CT lung screening, but confirm with your health insurance provider.

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Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Early signs of lung cancer may be difficult to detect without a screening because symptoms usually take time to develop. However, the earlier lung cancer is found, the greater the chance of survival. It is important to see your health care provider if you have:

  • A cough that doesn’t go away
  • A cough that causes you to bring up blood
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing or hoarseness
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling of the face and neck
  • Arm pain or weakness
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss

What Do I Need to Prepare for a Screening?

Those looking to be screened for lung cancer will need a written order from their physician. Schedule an appointment with your doctor today to discuss lung cancer screenings further. You may download and print the order form to take it with you to your appointment.

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McLaren Flint Imaging Center

501 S. Ballenger Hwy.
Flint, MI 48532
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
1 (844) 586-4727

After visiting your doctor and getting an order for a lung screening, schedule your appointment at McLaren Flint Imaging Center.

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McLaren Fenton Imaging Center

2420 Owen Rd
Fenton, MI 48430
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
1 (810) 496-2430

After visiting your doctor and getting an order for a lung screening, schedule your appointment at McLaren Fenton Imaging Center.

 

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