Lung cancer causes the most cancer deaths worldwide. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate).1 The main reason for this is that in the past, most cases of lung cancer have been diagnosed only after symptoms appear in the late stages when it has most likely spread and treatment is no longer curable.
Now there's a safe, low-cost screening that allows you to be tested for lung cancer before any symptoms appear. This means if you have lung cancer, it can be diagnosed and treated very early when success rates are much higher. This test is not recommended for everyone and it has slight risks as well as benefits, but overall it's your best bet for catching lung cancer when it’s most treatable.
You should go to a facility that uses "best practices" for lung cancer screening. This means a hospital like Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale that follows NCCN guidelines and has a multidisciplinary team of healthcare experts who will clearly explain the test to you and be available to help you navigate the diagnosis and/or treatment process if something is found on the screening.
The Affordable Care Act mandates that all commercial insurance plans cover lung cancer screening at 100% for patients who meet the high risk criteria. Because this screening test is vital to your health, we will offer the test for $149 if not covered by your insurance Call 404.501.SCHD (7843).
Lung cancer screening must be ordered by your physician in order to be covered by insurance. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, we can help you find one. Please call 404.501.WELL (9355).
1 American Cancer Society. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/lung-cancer/prevention-and-early-detection.html