Lung Cancer Screening

Call 833-786-1106 or complete the online form to request a screening.

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Early detection is key

In the United States, more people die of lung cancer than any other cancer. Providence Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery North Everett offers a screening program to help detect lung cancer early – when it’s most treatable. If you’re at risk, schedule your screening exam today. It’s an important tool to protect the health of your lungs.

Lung cancer screening is the first step

The lung cancer screening program at Providence combines trusted, board-certified specialists with the latest low-dose CT scanning technology to provide thorough and accurate results. 

We understand scheduling a screening appointment can be daunting, but our caregivers are with you every step of the way.

How it works

Before your screening CT scan, you’ll meet with a physician assistant, who can answer questions, provide educational materials and explain the process. If you need help to stop smoking, Providence offers tools and resources. If you need follow-up care, we’re here. We’ll partner with you as you work towards your best possible health.

Confirm you’re eligible for lung cancer screening by calling 833-786-1106. Our caregivers will work with your primary care provider, who orders the screening exam.

Don’t have a primary care provider? Don’t worry. We’ll help you establish care with one. When the screening order is approved, a scheduler will work with you to find an appointment that fits your busy schedule.

Providence follows the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines, which indicate this screening is recommended for patients in these high risk groups:

Group 1

Yearly screening is recommended

  • 55 to 77 years of age
  • 30 or more pack years of smoking and has quit within the past 14 years
  • Current smoker
Group 2

Yearly screening is recommended

  • 50 years of age or older
  • 20 or more pack years of smoking
  • Other risk factors (other than second-hand smoke)

On the day of your screening CT, you’ll meet with a physician assistant prior to the actual CT scan to ask questions and review the process.  

The screening CT scan is safe, fast and painless. It’s a low-dose CT scan, which means it uses 75% less radiation than a standard CT scan. It creates a three-dimensional image of your lungs with far more detail than a standard chest x-ray.

About a week after your scan – and sometimes sooner – a Providence caregiver will contact you with your results. Plus, you and your primary care provider receive a written report, so together, you can discuss next steps, if necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is a lung cancer screening covered by my insurance?

    Most private health plans, Medicaid and Medicare cover lung cancer screening. Specifically, private health plans and Washington State Medicaid (Washington Apple Health) cover lung cancer screening for eligible individuals ages 55 to 80. Medicare covers lung cancer screening for eligible individuals ages 55 to 77. Most follow-up care required after the exam is covered by your insurance or Medicare or Medicaid. We recommend contacting your insurance carrier to check your coverage.

  • Do you have resources to help me quit smoking?

    Tobacco smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer. Quitting smoking is hard, but you don’t have to do it alone. Providence will support you through the process. In addition, here are some resources to help you succeed:

  • What if my scan comes back positive?

    Breathe easy. You’re in great hands. The board-certified specialists at Providence are here to provide the care you need, close to home. We provide comprehensive, integrated care in partnership with Providence Regional Cancer Partnership and our broader Providence Health System. We offer modern and innovative treatments using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgery system – one of the most effective tools in lung cancer treatment. To learn more about Providence Regional Cancer Partnership, visit cancerpartnership.org.

  • How do I calculate pack-years of smoking?

    A pack-year is used to describe how many cigarettes you have smoked in your lifetime, with a pack equal to 20 cigarettes. If you have smoked a pack a day for the last 20 years, or two packs a day for the last 10 years, you have 20 pack-years. In other words, pack-years is a way to measure smoking exposure, taking into account how long you have smoked, and how much you have smoked.

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