Healthy Lung Program: Screening to Save Lives

Symptoms of lung cancer often do not show until the later stages of the disease. Advances in imaging technology have made it possible to find signs of lung cancer early on, when treatment can be more effective and a cure more possible.

Should You Get Your Lungs Screened?

As part of our Healthy Lung Program, we offer a chest CT scan to screen for lung cancer. If you are—or were—a long-time smoker, you should get screened.

The United States Preventive Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for patients who meet the following criteria:

• 55 to 80 years of age*
• 30 pack-year smoking history**
• Currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years***

*Medicare covers screening for patients 55-75 years of age
**A pack year equals smoking 20 cigarettes every day for one year.
***Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery.

If any of these describe you, we encourage you to talk to your doctor about getting screened. The decision to undergo lung cancer screening should be made in consultation with your physician. A physician’s request or prescription is required to perform the screening low-dose chest CT scan.

Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover the screening low-dose chest CT scan. Check with your insurer and ask if there is a co-pay.

Lung CT Scans are available at:

Mercy Fitzgerald
1500 Lansdowne Avenue, Darby, PA, 19023

Mercy Philadelphia
501 South 54th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Nazareth Hospital
2601 Holme Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19152