If you are at high risk for developing lung cancer, scheduling a yearly screening exam before any symptoms appear may lower your risk by as much as 20 percent. People who are considered to be at high risk for developing lung cancer are those who are between the ages of 55-80 who have smoked an average of one pack or more a day for 30 years, even if they have quit smoking within the past 15 years.
At Yuma Regional Medical Center, we conduct lung screening exams by using a Low-Dose CT (LDCT). This non-invasive exam takes less than 10 minutes, making it one of the easiest screening exams you can have. It is designed to detect cancer before a patient develops any symptoms because early detection makes the cancer easier to treat. Your insurance provider may cover the cost of the screening, or if you are on Medicare, 100 percent of the cost may be covered. We will go over any financial obligation, if any, with you prior to scheduling an appointment.
About one in four LDCT lung screenings will detect something in the lung that may require additional imaging or evaluation. Most of the time, these findings are non-cancerous lung nodules. However, if a small lung nodule is found to be cancerous, the cancer can be cured more than 90 percent of the time.
It is recommended that individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer have an LDCT lung screening exam every year until they reach the age of 80. Those who have symptoms of a lung condition such as a new cough or shortness of breath they have never experienced before are not eligible for LDCT screening and should see their physician immediately.
If you think you qualify and have questions, or if you would like to schedule a screening, please call 928-726-LUNG (5864). Or, you may fill out the form below and one of our specialists will contact you:
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LDCT lung screenings are conducted at the following location:
Parkview Medical Plaza
1501 W. 24th Street, Suite 203
Yuma, AZ 85364