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Get screened for lung cancer this November

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  • Written By: Boulder Community Health
Get screened for lung cancer this November

Lung cancer can be caused by many risk factors, including exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, air pollution, carcinogens, a family history of lung cancer and asbestos. Cigarette smoking, however, is the number one cause of lung cancer. If you or someone you have a smoking history, take action this November during Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Talk to your doctor about a quick, painless screening approved for early detection: Low-Dose CT (LDCT).

 Screening eligibility

• Ages 50-77 (Medicare)

• Ages 50-80 (Medicaid)

• Ages 55-80 (Most private insurance*)

• Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)

• Tobacco smoking history of at least 20 pack-years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes)

• Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years

• Receive an order for lung cancer screening with LDCT

*Most insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid will cover the cost of LDCT lung cancer screening if you meet the eligibility requirements. Self-paying patients can visit to get a discounted LDCT of $200 (regularly $248) for lung cancer screenings scheduled in November.

Click here to learn more about lung cancer screening at BCH.