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Breathe Easier With a Lung Cancer Screening

Find lung cancer sooner. Live longer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, claiming more than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

Tanner Health System is working to change that. An advanced low-dose CT lung cancer screening can detect lung cancer in its earliest stages, when treatment is most effective. Low-dose CT lung cancer screenings can catch early-stage lung cancer in more patients, contributing to a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths over traditional X-rays.

Low-dose CT lung cancer screenings are quick and simple. Once you are positioned in the CT scanner, the scan itself takes less than 60 seconds and requires no needles, medication, contrast or dyes. You can eat normally before and following the screening.

The screening is not a one-time test — in order to ensure that lung cancer is detected at the earliest possible stage, it is recommended that the low-dose CT for lung cancer screening be conducted annually. Lung cancer can be highly curable if detected early.

Get the facts. Then decide.

  • Lung cancer claims more lives among men and women alike than any other form of cancer.
  • Almost 30 percent of all cancer deaths are caused by lung cancer.
  • It’s estimated that more than 158,000 deaths will be caused by lung cancer this year.
  • More than 224,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed this year.
  • At least 8.6 million Americans meet the high-risk criteria to benefit from an annual low-dose CT lung cancer screening.
  • If only half of those who met the high-risk criteria were screened, more than 13,000 lung cancer deaths could be prevented.
    Source: American Lung Association

Should you be screened?

Copy, print and answer the following questions to help your medical provider determine if you would benefit from a low-dose CT lung cancer screening at Tanner.

Are you between the ages of 55 to 77?
Yes | No

Do you have a history of smoking tobacco?
Yes | No

Do you currently smoke tobacco?
Yes | No

Did you stop smoking within the past 15 years?
Yes | No

Do you have pulmonary fibrosis or COPD?
Yes | No

Have you been exposed to known cancer-causing agents, including arsenic, asbestos, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, coal smoke, diesel fumes, nickel, silica, soot or others?
Yes | No

Once you’ve answered these questions, please provide your answers to your medical care provider and ask if a low-dose CT lung cancer screening is right for you. An order form is required to schedule the screening.


Medicare and some private insurers cover the cost for the screening. The out-of-pocket cost of a screening is $289, though that cost is reduced to $116 through Tanner’s discount program for self-pay patients who pay in full at the time of the service. That cost does not include the $215 radiologist fee to interpret the screening. Tanner’s Patient Financial Assistance Department can work with you to ensure the screening is affordable.

Lower your risk today.

Low-dose CT lung cancer screenings can detect — but not prevent — lung cancer.

The biggest risk factor for lung cancer is tobacco use. Smoking tobacco contributes to up to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths worldwide. More than 130,000 Americans die each year from smoking-attributable lung cancer. And it’s not just the smoker’s health that suffers — secondhand smoke causes more than 7,000 lung cancer deaths each year among nonsmokers.

Tanner’s Get Healthy, Live Well offers the Freshstart tobacco cessation program, a series of classes developed by the American Cancer Society that focuses on education on ways to quit, skills to cope with cravings and motivational support. You can find and register for the Freshstart program at GetHealthyLiveWell.org or by calling 770.214.CARE (2273).

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