If you are or were a smoker, a lung cancer screening could save your life.
A screening called a low-dose CT scan has been approved to help detect lung cancer at an early stage when it’s most treatable.
Find out if you should have one.Start
Which statement best describes your smoking history?
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How much do you or did you smoke?
Years you smoked:
Cigarettes per day:
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You currently do not meet the guidelines for low-dose CT screening.*
However, we encourage you to consult with your health care provider about your risk for lung cancer.
If you smoke, the best thing you can do for your health is to quit. Visit quitsupport.com or enroll in the Delaware Quitline by calling 1-866-409-1858 for help to quit smoking online, by phone, or in-person.
*As per U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Medicare.Start Over
You are eligible for the low-dose CT scan if all criteria are met:
- 55 to 80 years of age
- Current smoker or smoker who quit smoking with the last 15 years
- Calculated pack years of 30 or higher
Your pack years can be calculated by multiplying the number of cigarettes you smoked per day by the number of years you smoked.
Lung cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Delaware. Smoking is the number-one risk factor for lung cancer—in the United States, cigarette smoking is linked to about 90 percent of lung cancers.
Until now, there was no way to detect lung cancer until it was in late stages. A screening called a low-dose CT scan has been approved to help detect lung cancer at an early stage when it’s most treatable. Studies have shown that this form of screening can reduce the risk of dying of lung cancer by 20 percent.
Screening success story - Bishop Dr. GE Gordon
Why get screened? - Dr. Stephen S. Grubbs
You are at a greater risk for lung cancer if you:
- Use tobacco products
- Have been exposed to secondhand smoke
- Are a heavy alcohol user
- Eat a diet low in fruits and vegetables and high in cholesterol
- Have been exposed to asbestos, paint, mustard gas, and other chemicals
- Have been exposed to radon gas and/or air pollution
- Have a family history of lung cancer
- Have a personal history of tuberculosis
To get screened you should:
- Talk with your doctor about the lung cancer screening. A free lung cancer screening could be available to you if you don’t have insurance.
- If you have insurance, learn all you need to know about lung cancer screening coverage. Download the lung cancer screening insurance guide.
- Learn about the Delaware Quitline, where cessation counselors can help you quit smoking.
- Call (302) 401-4212 to schedule your screening with a lung cancer nurse navigator.
We offer help for screening and lung cancer treatment:
- If you don’t have insurance or you can’t afford a lung cancer screening, there is a program that could cover the cost of the screening for you.
- If you should be diagnosed with lung cancer and you can’t afford treatment, the Delaware Cancer Treatment Program provides free cancer treatment for up to two years. Cancer Care Coordinators help guide you through treatment, scheduling visits with doctors and making sure you get the care you need.
A nurse navigator can schedule a cancer screening for you.
Hospitals Statewide have nurse navigators who can schedule your cancer screening and provide follow-up help - whether you have health insurance or not. Use this form to request a callback, or call the nurse navigator at the facility closest to you:
If you would like to speak directly to a nurse navigator, you can call the facility closest to you from the list below.
- Bayhealth Medical Center 302-566-1202
- Beebe Healthcare 302-297-8342
- Christiana Care Health Services 302-907-2194
- Nanticoke Health Services 302-604-5243, ext. 3765