Lung Cancer Screening
Early detection to help save lives
Low Dose CT at Winchester Hospital
Are you concerned about your risk of lung cancer? Winchester Hospital offers low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans to screen for cancer in the lungs.
Research has shown a 20% decrease in lung cancer deaths among high-risk patients who were screened yearly with LDCT, when compared to patients screened with standard chest X-rays.
Winchester Hospital has the technology and the expertise to perform these life-saving scans. If you’re at high risk for lung cancer, you should know that early detection can increase the five-year survival rate for stage 1 lung cancer to nearly 90%.
We proudly offer lung cancer screenings at two Winchester Hospital locations.
Who is Eligible for Lung Cancer Screening?
Lung cancer screening is quick and easy. You may qualify for a LDCT screening if you meet all of the following criteria:
- You are between 50 and 80 years old.
- You currently smoke or quit smoking within the last 15 years.
- You have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer.
- You have smoked the equivalent of 20 “pack years” (one pack a day for 20 years, or two packs a day for 10 years).
- If you qualify, you’ll need a referral from your doctor in order to be screened. We are happy to help you get this referral.
Insurance Coverage for Lung Cancer Screenings
At Winchester Hospital, we can help you determine the full extent of your insurance coverage for this life-saving screening.
Medicare covers LDCT lung cancer screenings for people who meet the eligibility criteria. The Affordable Care Act requires that private insurers cover LDCT lung screening for those at high risk.
Lung Cancer Screening: The Facts
Types of Lung Cancer We Can Detect
- Adenosquamous carcinoma
- Combined small cell carcinoma
- Extrapulmonary small cell carcinoma
- Large-cell undifferentiated carcinoma
- Sarcomatoid carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma