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Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Cancer Screening at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA)

Sarah Cannon, the HealthONE family of hospitals and Invision Sally Jobe have teamed up to offer our patients a low-dose CAT scan to help detect lung cancers. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, and the leading cause of cancer deaths in both. 

Lung cancer screening has been proven to help identify lung cancer in asymptomatic yet high-risk patients and can reduce the risk of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent. Lung cancer screening is recommended for high-risk patients by the US Preventative Services Task Force and many other professional organizations and is covered by Medicare and other major insurance providers.

Who is high risk? Are you eligible for screening?

You are eligible if you are 55 to 77 years old, are a current or former smoker who quit less than 15 years ago, have no current symptoms of lung cancer and have a smoking history of at least 30 pack years (this means one pack per day for 30 years, or two packs per day for 15 years, etc.)

See sidebar for more information on eligibility requirements and calculating pack-years.

How does the program work?

The first step is to call TMCA / HealthONE at (720) 282-8888 to answer a few questions. Based on eligibility and your answers, you’ll then be connected to a Lung Nurse Navigator who will help you identify the closest screening site to your work or home address — as well as assist with the required physician orders. After screening, the Nurse Navigator will contact both you and your doctor with results and coordinate any necessary follow-up care.

Where are the screening sites?

Lung screenings are offered at a number of outpatient imaging centers throughout the Denver metro area. To confirm your eligibility and for your nearest screening location, call us at (720) 282-8888.

Why choose HealthONE?

Lung screening at TMCA is part of HealthONE’s multidisciplinary lung health program. Our physicians provide high quality multidisciplinary care that follows national guidelines and work together with nurse navigators to support patients throughout their entire experience.