Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer and kills about 158,000 men and women in the U.S. each year. Approximately 224,000 new cases are diagnosed annually.
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, accounting for about 80 percent of cases. Exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, air pollution asbestos and diesel exhaust also raises the risk of developing the disease.
Holy Name Medical Center offers low-dose CT scan lung screenings for eligible individuals who may be at risk for developing lung cancer. Members of the radiology staff offer each patient personalized attention and provide the quick and painless screening in a timely manner. Individuals meet the criteria for the testing if they are:
- Between 55 and 77 years old
- Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
- A current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years
- Have a personal history of tobacco use or nicotine dependence
- Have a tobacco history that includes:
- 1 pack per day for 30 years
- 1.5 pack per day for 20 years
- 2 packs per day for 15 years
- 2.5 packs per day for 12 years
A prescription from a physician is needed for the screening. For a physician referral please call 201-833-3730.
This is a covered benefit under most insurance plans. For those without insurance, Holy Name offers the exam at a compassionate care rate of $50.