A recent study published in American Health and Drug Benefits concluded that CT lung cancer screenings are a cost-effective tool in Medicare-aged individuals . To learn more you can read the article on Aunt Minnie.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. Lung cancer claims more lives than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Research data has shown that over 80% of lung cancer cases may be caused by tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke contains carcinogens which attack the tissue of the lungs. Chemicals and natural substances such as asbestos and radon greatly increase the cancer rate when combined with smoking.

Now, the American Cancer Society says there is enough evidence to recommend CT lung screening for current and former heavy smokers ages 55 to 74. This evidence is based on a study conducted in 2011 that found low-dose CT scans could cut the chances of dying of lung cancer by 20 percent and from any cause by nearly 7 percent.

The team at HCA knows that testing for lung cancer can be a stressful experience. That is why we have a team of licensed personnel to provide emotional support for you throughout the process.

What is a CT scan?

A CT scan is a painless x-ray of a person’s chest.

What happens during a CT scan?

During the actual scan, you will be asked to lie still on a stretcher-like table. You will be able to remain fully clothed. We ask that you avoid wearing clothing with metal, buttons, or underwire bras. The scan usually takes 15 minutes.

What can I expect after the scan?

After the scan is completed, your results will be reviewed by a physician within the HCA Virginia Health Network. You will be contacted by the nurse coordinator within 48 hours of having the scan. You will be offered an appointment to meet with the physician to review your results.

How can I receive the lung cancer screening CT?

If you or your doctor is interested in more information or to schedule a screening CT at one of our convenient locations, call (804) HCA-CARE. The nurse coordinator will ask you some questions to determine your risk and eligibility.