Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

At Bayhealth, our goal is to keep you cancer free.

According to the CDC, more people in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer (2015). Lung cancer occurs most frequently in current and former smokers, and some people are at a higher risk than others. Lung cancer screenings for early detection can save lives and reduce patient risk.

Bayhealth offers low dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening to patients whose health history may indicate that they are at a higher risk for this type of cancer. LDCT screenings are fast, painless, and noninvasive.

LDCT lung cancer screenings can detect nodules in lung tissue that could become cancerous. Physicians look at the size and shape of the nodule and may recommend additional testing or biopsies to better understand the patient’s risk of cancer.

Patients can receive a follow up LDCT evaluation each year to ensure early detection.

Know your risks. Are you eligible for a low dose CT lung cancer screening?

Major risk factors for lung cancer include:

  • Age 55 to 77
  • Tobacco smoking
  • Contact with radon, asbestos, or other cancer-causing agents
  • Personal history of smoking-related cancer
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Certain chronic lung diseases

If you have any of these risk factors, don’t wait. Talk to your physician today about LDCT lung cancer screenings. The LDCT scan is performed by Bayhealth Imaging Department, designated by the American College of Radiology as a Lung Cancer Screening Center.

The LDCT lung cancer screening service is covered by Medicare and most major insurance companies. Insurance coverage is subject to each individuals deductible and co-insurance policy with the insurance company. Please call your insurance company to be fully informed of your benefits. Patients who are uninsured or underinsured can apply for assistance through the Bayhealth Cancer Center.

Screening for Life

In May 2015, the State of Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) announced that patients who are at a high risk for developing lung cancer could receive low-dose lung cancer screenings free through the program called Screening for Life. Screening for Life patients can receive their LDCT screenings at Bayhealth. Those who are between the ages of 55 and 80, who currently smoke or quit smoking within the last 15 years and smoke or have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 or more years may be eligible for this service. To participate, call the Division of Public Health at 302-401-4212.

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