Lung Cancer Screening Program

Services & Specialties Diagnostic Imaging Lung Cancer Screening Program

Lung Cancer Screening Program

If you are between the ages of 55 and 77 and are a current smoker or quit smoking within the last 15 years, you may benefit from a low-dose CT lung cancer screening.

A low-dose CT lung cancer screening helps prevent death from lung cancer by finding it at an earlier stage, before symptoms appear and when it is easier to treat.

Risk Factors

  • Age 55 to 77
  • Smoker or quit within the last 15 years
  • Smoking history of at least 30 pack-years
    (1 pack/day for 30 years, 2 packs/day for 15 years, etc.)
  • No symptoms of lung cancer

Talk With Your Doctor

If you have the risk factors, talk with your doctor about whether you should be screened. The screening involves a low-dose CT scan that takes less than a minute, no needles or medications are needed, and there is only a minimal amount of radiation exposure. The scan can take place at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors, or Laurentian Medical Clinic in Mountain Iron.

Testing and Follow Up

After the test, your doctor will contact you with the results. If your scan is clear, annual low-dose CT screenings will be recommended. If there is a need for further testing or treatment, it will be coordinated by your medical provider.

Cost

The cost of screening for patients who qualify is covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies. For people who need to pay out of pocket, the cost is $299.

Unsure if you need to see a specialist? Need a physician referral?

Visit your St. Luke's primary care physician. Your primary doctor is an expert on the St. Luke's system and can help guide you to the care most appropriate for you.

Locations

St. Luke's Pulmonary Medicine Associates

  • St. Luke's Medical Office Pavilion
    920 East First Street, Suite 201
    Duluth, MN 55805 Map
  • Phone 218.249.7970
    Fax 218.249.7949

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