Lung Cancer Screening Program
To find out if you qualify for lung cancer screening, call us at 1-855-794-LUNG (5864)
Lung cancer is the #1 killer of men and women in the United States and the world. Yet of all the deadliest cancers—lung, prostate, breast, colorectal—lung has been the only one without a routine screening, until now. Through the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, Baystate Medical Center’s Lung Cancer Screening Program guides you through the process and helps ensure you get the care you need, when you need it.
The National Lung Screening Trial has shown that low-dose CT screening can save the lives of people at high risk for lung cancer by finding cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Without low-dose CT screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms, when the cancer is much harder to treat.
An Easy Test
Low-dose CT screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. It takes less than 10 seconds. There are no medications or needles, and no preparation. You can stay clothed. In fact, all you have to do is be able to hold your breath for six seconds while the scan is being taken.
Do you qualify for lung cancer screening?
Call 1-855-794-LUNG (5864)
You must be asymptomatic, with no known metastatic disease, and no diagnosis of lung cancer in the past five years. Those who have symptoms of a lung condition at the time of screening, such as a new cough or shortness of breath, are not eligible.
Certain symptoms can be a sign that you have a condition in your lungs that should be evaluated and treated.
Symptoms Affecting Lung Screening Eligibility
- chest pain
- a new or changing cough
- shortness of breath that you have never felt before
- coughing up blood
- unexplained weight loss
Having any of these symptoms can greatly affect the results of lung screening and may actually delay the treatment you might need.
Categories of Screening Candidates
Category 1: People ages 55−77 who:
- have smoked at least an average of 1 pack a day for 30 years.
- still smoke or have quit within the past 15 years
Category 2: People ages 50−77 who:
- currently smoke or in the past have smoked at least an average of 1 pack a day for 20 years
- have at least one other risk factor for lung cancer, not including exposure to secondhand smoke
Risk factors for lung cancer include having:
- cancer in the past
- pulmonary fibrosis
- a family history of lung cancer
- exposure to certain substances (including asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, radon, silica and uranium)