Lung Cancer Screening
South Shore Health System offers screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT)—the only recommended screening for people at high risk for lung cancer. Research shows that screening using a low-dose CT scan can help detect early lung cancer before clinical signs or symptoms become evident. Our program is a designated Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance and has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology.
Who Is Eligible for Screening?
All health plans cover lung cancer screening for individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Must be between 55-77 years old
- Current smoker or quit within the past 15 years
- Smoked a least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years
- No history of any cancer within the last five years
- Document lung cancer screening counselor with your health care provider
Most health insurance plans cover lung cancer screening for those that meet the eligibility requirements with a referral from a primary care physician. Follow-up care required after the exam should also be covered by insurance including Medicare/Medicaid. We will verify and work with your doctor’s office to get insurance authorization.
Resources to Help You Quit
The risk of having lung cancer and other smoking-related illnesses decreases after you stop smoking and continues to decrease as more tobacco-free time passes. If you are ready to quit, below are helpful resources to help you kick the habit: