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Healthy Lung Screening Program

Centura Health wants Colorado communities to breathe easier

Healthy Lungs in Colorado screening programCentura Health, in line with its mission, is committed to creating a stronger and healthier tomorrow for the residents of Colorado.  Centura Health launched its Healthy Lung Screening Program in the Denver metro area at St. Anthony Hospital. 

The National Cancer Institute found that having a low-dose CT of the chest in patients at high risk for developing lung cancer reduced their mortality by 20%.  As a result of NCI findings, Centura Health has opened a Healthy Lung Screening Program for individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer. 

Are You at Risk?

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has developed Guidelines to screen for individuals who may be at high risk.  If you are 55 to 74 years of age and have smoked a pack of cigarettes for 30 years or more (called a 30-year pack history), are currently smoking or have quit less than 15 years ago, you would be classified at high risk. Other conditions and history may also put you at high risk.  If you are 50-years of age or older, have smoked a pack of cigarettes for 20 years or more (called a 20-year pack history), and have other risk factors, you are also considered at high risk for lung cancer. 

The other risk factors include:

  • Some limited smoking history under a 20-year pack history;
  • Radon exposure, occupational exposure to silica, cadmium, asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes and nickel;
  • Family history of lung cancer; and
  • Lung disease history, including COPD or pulmonary fibrosis

To participate in the program, you must not have any current symptoms or signs of lung cancer.

How Does the Program Work?

Please call 1-855-456-LUNG (1-855-456-5864) and speak with a screener.

If you are determined to be “At risk” you will be mailed further information about the program.

If a person is classified as “At risk” for developing lung cancer and consents to participate in the program, they will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about their lung health history. Additionally, participants will receive a low-dose CT scan of their lungs annually for three consecutive years. 

These scans can be completed at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

Cost:

The cost of each scan is $199.

This program uses the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines to manage recommendations for follow-up care.  A panel of experts will review the test.  If there are any findings, the medical team will make recommendations, including referral to the appropriate lung care specialist for follow up care if needed.

Many screening scans detect benign (non-cancerous) nodules that require further evaluation.  Sometimes this evaluation may require more frequent low-dose CT scans.  Sometimes a different test may be done.  The goal of the multidisciplinary team is to ensure that individuals receive appropriate care, but do not undergo needless testing and procedures. 

Involving your Primary Care Physician

The Healthy Lung Screening Program will communicate your lung screening results to your Primary Care Physician, and will work with your Primary Care Physicians to ensure that appropriate follow-up care is received. 

What can you do?

Our goal is to help all residents of Colorado to quit smoking.  All Healthy Lung Screening Program participants will receive smoking cessation literature and learn about smoking cessation services available at a Centura Health facility.  

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