Free Lung Cancer Screening

The NCI-sponsored National Lung Screening Trial recently confirmed that screening individuals at high risk for lung cancer with an annual low-dose CT (LDCT) of the chest, saves lives. Check the criteria below to see if you qualify.

Screening Criteria

Group 1:

  • 55-75 years old
  • Currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years.
  • This includes people who still smoke or have quit within the past 15 years

Group 2:

  • 50−75 years old
  • Smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 20+ years
  • Have at least one of the following additional lung cancer risks:
    • Personal cancer history (lung, head and neck, lymphoma)
    • Family history - parent, sibling or child - of lung cancer
    • Emphysema or chronic bronchitis
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Long term exposure to asbestos
    • Asbestos-related lung disease or pulmonary asbestosis
    • Long term exposure to silica, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, , chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, radon, uranium or coal smoke and soot

To Schedule a Screening or Get More Information

Please call 706-721-3853 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or email lung@augusta.edu.

Background

The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), a large, National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored, randomized controlled trial, recently confirmed that screening individuals at high risk for lung cancer with an annual low-dose CT (LDCT) of the chest, saves lives.

In the NLST:

  • One in 100 high-risk persons enrolled in the study were found to have lung cancer on the first screening exam.
  • One life was saved for every 320 high-risk persons screened with LDCT over two years (three screens), resulting in a 20 percent lung cancer-specific mortality benefit versus annual chest radiography.

As a result of the NLST findings, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends that high-risk individuals undergo annual LDCT screening. The NCCN defined two groups at high risk for lung cancer (above).

At this time, most private insurers and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) do not reimburse for LDCT lung screening, and the majority of hospitals charge a self-pay for this exam. In order to increase accessibility of lung screening to all people at high risk, Augusta University Medical Center is currently offering FREE LDCT lung screening to individuals who meet the established NCCN high-risk criteria.

 

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