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Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women.
It is estimated there are 10 million individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer in the United States. Beebe Healthcare and the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout aim to help people quit smoking and understand their risk of lung cancer. Smoking cessation counseling is available to Sussex County residents by calling the Delaware Quitline 1-866-409-1858. Find out about Respiratory Services at Beebe Healthcare.
Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screenings
Beebe Healthcare offers low dose CT lung cancer screenings at its Georgetown Health Campus, Millville office, and at the Medical Center in Lewes. Patients should be asked about their smoking history. Patients who are 55 to 74 years old, in fairly good health, have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history, are either still smoking or have quit smoking within the last 15 years, should talk to their doctor about a lung screening.
Paying for Lung Screening
“Studies have shown how lung cancer screening can save lives. Screening has been approved by Medicare and other insurance companies because it helps to detect lung cancer at an early stage when it is most treatable,” said Dan Mapes, MPA, RT(N), CRA, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Beebe Healthcare.
These scans are offered at very low cost to make them affordable to as many people as possible with a charge of $99, which includes the interpretation of the images. Patients who are uninsured or underinsured with an income between 138 % and 250 % of the Federal Poverty Level will also qualify for screenings through Delaware’s Screening for Life program at no charge to them.
At Beebe Healthcare, lung cancer screenings are available to residents who have smoked a pack a day for 30 years, or those who have smoked two packs a day for 15 years. Individuals who currently smoke or have quit in the past 15 years may also be eligible for screenings. All individuals must not have had a chest CT scan in the past 12 months and must not have any lung-related symptoms.
The Screening for Life Program covers lung, breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancer screenings for uninsured or underinsured Delawareans who are not eligible for Medicaid or the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace.
Results from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) showed that those who received low-dose CT scans had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than those who received standard chests X-rays. All of the people that participated in the trial were at high risk for lung cancer. This screening at Beebe is approved only for high-risk individuals and is part of Beebe Healthcare's high-risk screening clinic initiative.