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Are you thinking about how tobacco use might increase your risk for developing lung cancer?

This easy test could save your life.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. But, it doesn’t have to be. When detected early by the experts at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, lung cancer is highly treatable. If you’re worried about lung cancer, a simple screening test can place your mind at rest.

Thanks to a study supported by the National Cancer Institute, the use of Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) is proven successful in helping to boost lung cancer survival rates by 20 percent. Early detection of lung cancer through preventive screening is the only way to catch the disease at its earliest stage, while it is more successfully treatable. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its final recommendation on lung cancer screening in December of 2013, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.



Your scan may not show any cancer, but if it does …
you’ll be in the most expert hands for your care – Sylvester is among an elite group of 11 cancer hospitals found to have the highest cancer survival rates nationwide.*

* JAMA Oncol. Published online October 8, 2015.



Sylvester has taken a lead role in perfecting the use of CT imaging to detect lung cancer. At Sylvester, you’ll have the most experienced lung cancer screening, detection and diagnosis team in South Florida. Our team is recognized for having the first high-risk lung cancer screening program in the region sanctioned by the Lung Cancer Alliance of America. Our lung cancer screening program also is accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Who Qualifies for LDCT Lung Cancer Screening?

To benefit from screening, individuals must:

  • Be current or former smokers with a smoking history of at least 30 packs/year (number of packs/day X number of years smoked)
  • Not have been diagnosed with any type of cancer or must be in remission for five years or must be free from signs and symptoms of lung cancer

The following additional requirements exist, based on your coverage options.

Private Insurance Guidelines

If you are at high risk for lung cancer and have private insurance, you may qualify for the LDCT screening if you meet some of the following criteria:

Smokers or Former Smokers
Between 55 and 80 years old, and …

  • You have smoked one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years
  • You currently smoke or quit smoking 15 years ago or sooner

For Medicare Patients

Under Medicare guidelines, you can qualify to receive LDCT lung cancer screening if you are:

Smokers or Former Smokers
Between 55 and 77 years old, in fairly good health, and …

  • You have smoked one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years
  • You currently smoke or quit smoking 15 years ago or sooner

For Self-Pay Patients

For current or former smokers at least 50 years old with one of the following additional risk factors:

  • Asbestos-related lung disease or pulmonary asbestosis
  • History of emphysema
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Family history of lung cancer

For self-pay patients or patients without screening benefits in their insurance policy, the CT scan costs $149 out of pocket, plus the cost of counseling visit.

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