Lung Assessment & Screening

Ninety percent of lung cancers are caused by smoking, making it the largest risk factor for developing the disease. Someone who has smoked for 30 to 40 years is 20 to 40 times more likely to develop lung cancer. Ten percent of lung cancers occur in people who have never smoked. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, excluding skin cancer, accounting for 14 percent of all new cancers and making it the leading cause of cancer-related death among men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

The early detection of lung disease and lung cancer is critical in determining appropriate treatment. Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screening for those who are at high risk for lung disease. Lung screenings are now covered by insurance plans, including Medicare.

Screening is available if you are a smoker or former smoker between the ages of 55 and 74 years old with a 30-pack-a-year history of smoking - 1 pack/day for 30 years or 2 pack/day for 15 years - or a current smoker or previous smoker who has quit during the past 15 years or has no previous diagnosis of lung cancer.  

At Saint Peter’s our state-of-the-art low-dose GE VCT scanner features advanced computer software that produces high resolution images while reducing radiation dosage. After completion of the low-dose CT screening, your results will be shared with you and your primary care physician.

For more information, questions or to participate in our healthy lung screening program call our patient navigator at 732-339-7747.

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