Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer screening can help find lung cancer at an early stage when it is easier to treat. Taking action before you have symptoms can help prevent the spread of lung cancer. A low-dose CT scan is a quick, safe and painless screening tool.

To find out if you qualify for lung cancer screening call 844-999-LUNG and choose option 5.

Guthrie offers low-dose CT for lung cancer screening across the system at the following locations:

New York:

  • Big Flats
  • Corning
  • Cortland
  • Ithaca

Pennsylvania:

  • Sayre
  • Towanda
  • Troy
  • Wellsboro

Who should be screened for lung cancer?

People who have a history of heavy smoking and are still smoking or have quit in the past 15 years should consider screening.

Screening may be appropriate if you are:

  • 55-77 years of age
  • Have a 30 pack-year history of smoking (this means 1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.)
  • AND, are a current smoker, or have quit within the last 15 years

Since lung cancer screening is not right for everyone, it’s important to discuss the risks and benefits with a provider.

What does a lung cancer screening include?

If you meet screening criteria outlined above, you can schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor or pulmonology to talk about the risks and benefits of screening. You and the provider can decide if a low-dose CT is an appropriate and safe screening method for you.

A low-dose CT scan is a quick, painless, and non-invasive way to screen for lung cancer. The actual scan takes less than a minute. The technology can reveal abnormalities the size of a grain of sand. When cancer can be detected this early, there are more treatment options and a higher chance for better outcomes.

Board-certified radiologists at Guthrie have experience and training in reading low dose CT scans. Each facility performs low-dose CT scans that meet the technical requirements set by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

What happens after the test?

Depending on results, you may need further testing or be able to come back in a year for another routine screening. You and your doctor will discuss next steps after the screening.

How can someone reduce lung cancer risk?

The best way to reduce your lung cancer risk is to never smoke or stop smoking now. The sooner you stop smoking the sooner your lungs can begin to recover.

Will insurance cover lung cancer screening?

Most private insurance plans cover lung cancer screening for people 55 to 80 years old, with no out-of-pocket costs.

Medicare pays for lung cancer screening with no out-of-pocket costs for people 55-77 years old if you meet certain criteria.

You must have a written order from your health care provider (your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant).