Lung cancer is the second most common cancer affecting men (after prostate cancer) and women (after breast cancer). Even though it’s not the most common type of cancer, it’s by far the leading cause of cancer related death in this country. Lung cancer primarily affects older adults, although it can happen at any age. This is why lung cancer screening is so important – helping to detect cancer at an earlier stage and save lives.
Unfortunately, by the time these symptoms are present, the cancer is often more advanced. Early lung cancer is often asymptomatic.
Who should get screened?
People with a history of cigarette smoking have a higher risk of lung cancer. Based on the National Lung Screening Trial findings, lung cancer screening is recommended for this group of people:
How do I get screened?
To schedule a screening contact your primary care office. Find a Primary Care Provider
For more information, call the Aurora Health Care Screening program at 800-252-2990 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
How do I schedule a screening?
Below is a list of all sites that do lung cancer screenings. Please call the numbers below to schedule your screening! (A provider’s order is needed to have a screening):
Tunneled pleural catheters: A tube is placed in your chest to drain fluid from around your lung, and left there so that you can remove additional fluid yourself at home. Once all the fluid is gone, the tube is taken out.
No matter which treatment option you choose you'll have a team of dedicated specialists with you every step of the way. They include medical and radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists, interventional pulmonologists, and cancer nurse navigators.