Lung Cancer Screening
Get the answer that could save your life
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. The good news is that we can often treat lung cancer if we find it early. That's why screenings are so important.
A low dose chest CT scan is currently the best way to screen for lung cancer. You may be eligible for lung cancer screening if you:
- Are 55 to 80 years old
- Are a current cigarette smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years
- Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years. (Pack-years is the number of cigarettes smoked per day multiplied by the number of years smoked, divided by 20)
- Have no symptoms that could be related to lung cancer
- Have not had a chest CT in the last 12 months
Most insurance providers cover the cost of annual screenings. Their age requirements may differ. Please check with your specific provider for coverage.
Schedule your lung screening by calling us today at 585.471.6349.
We use low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), *which gives us detailed pictures of your lungs that allow us to catch lung cancer at even the earliest stages. It is quick, painless and non-invasive. This exam does not require the use of contrast dye.
Considerations when having a Lung Cancer Screening
Approximately 25% of all people who have a screening for lung cancer are found to have small spots, or nodules, in the lungs. It is important to know that only three or four out of 100 lung nodules are found to be cancer. The majority of these spots are small scars that will not affect your health.
In order to determine if these spots are cancerous, further testing may be required. Monitoring of the nodules growth over time with follow up scans may be necessary.
Lung cancer screening scans expose people to a low dose of radiation. For former or current cigarette smokers, screening benefits may outweigh potential harm from radiation. When you enter our lung cancer screening program we will discuss the many factors you should consider prior to your screening.
Support to avoid tobacco use
Regardless of your screening decision, avoiding smoking is the most powerful way to lower your chance of suffering from not only lung cancer, but emphysema, heart attacks, and many other health issues. We know you often hear people tell you “Just Quit”; we know it isn’t that easy. We are here to help you in your journey to quit smoking. To learn more about our smoking cessation program visit RochesterRegional.org/QuitSmoking.
Locations for Lung Cancer Screenings
You can be screened at any of our convenient locations:
215 Alexander Street
Rochester, NY 14607
100 CrossKeys Office Pk.
Fairport, NY 14450
1200 Driving Park Ave.
Newark, NY 14513
Rochester General Campus Medical Office Building
1415 Portland Ave.
Newark, NY 14621
Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic
2 Coulter Rd., St. 2610
Clifton Springs, NY 14432
United Memorial Medical Center
127 North St.
Batavia, NY 14020