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Lung Cancer Screenings

Sarah Cannon, the HealthONE family of hospitals and Invision Sally Jobe have teamed up to offer low-dose CT scan screenings to help detect lung cancer. Part of HealthONE’s multidisciplinary lung health program, our physicians work together to provide coordinated, advanced care that follows national guidelines.

What is lung cancer screening?

Lung cancer screening is performed using a CT (CAT) scan to take a picture of your lungs. It’s one of the easiest screening exams you can have—it’s fast, painless and non-invasive. No medications are given and no needles are used. You can also eat before and after the exam. The goal of lung screening is to identify cancer at an early stage. Without lung cancer screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat. Screening is a program over time, not a single test. An annual scan is recommended for most individuals who meet the screening criteria.

Are you at risk for lung cancer?

More than 2,500 Coloradans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year.* If you meet one of the following criteria, you may be at risk for lung cancer: 

  • Smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products like cigars or pipes
  • Breathing in secondhand smoke from other people’s cigarettes, cigars or pipes
  • Being exposed to high levels of radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt that can get trapped in houses and buildings
  • Being exposed to some workplace substances, including asbestos, arsenic, diesel exhaust, and some forms of silica and chromium
  • Being a lung cancer survivor, especially if you smoke
  • Having parents, brothers or sisters, or children who have had lung cancer
  • Being a cancer survivor who had radiation therapy to the chest
  • Being a smoker who takes beta-carotene supplements 

Who should get a lung screening?

Lung screening is recommended for people who are at high risk for lung cancer. If you are 55 to 80 years old and have smoked at least 30 pack years, you are eligible for screening—even if you quit during the past 15 years. (Calculate pack years by multiplying the number of packs smoked per day by the number of years smoked.) Those with current lung cancer symptoms, such as a new cough or shortness of breath, may not be eligible. 

How does the screening program work?

The low-dose CT scan exam is offered for $250. Most insurance providers cover lung cancer screening as a preventative service for high-risk individuals, and they require that a health care provider order the exam. Contact your insurance provider for questions about coverage. Based on eligibility, our staff will work with you and your primary care doctor to obtain the required physician’s order and refer you to the most convenient screening site. A lung nurse navigator will support you throughout the entire experience and contact both you and your doctor with results to ensure you receive the follow-up care you need.

What should I do next?

Call 720-282-8888 today to see if you are eligible for a low-dose CT scan screening or to schedule an exam. See the map below for convenient screening locations.

*Reference: American Cancer Society