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Atrium Health aims to find lung cancer early – when it’s most treatable. Our Lung Cancer Screening Program screens patients who are at high risk for lung cancer and connects them to advanced, comprehensive care if cancer is found.

Lung cancer is the number 1 cause of cancer death in the United States, for men and women. Often signs or symptoms don’t develop until lung cancer reaches an advanced stage, when it spreads to other parts of the body – and is very difficult to cure.

This is the only program of its kind in the Charlotte region. And with 23 locations across 8 counties, it’s easy to find a lung cancer screening location that’s close to home or work.

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Why choose Atrium Health?

You can count on our team for leading expertise. We are:

  • A designated Screening Center of Excellence by GO2 for Lung Cancer for providing high-quality low-dose CT screening for early detection of lung cancer and best-practice standards.
  • A designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology for providing top-quality standards and requirements for lung cancer screening.
  • The Charlotte region’s only health system offering advanced lung cancer screening capabilities through our comprehensive program.
  • Home to Atrium Health Levine Cancer, the region’s top-rated cancer program by U.S. News & World Report.

Advanced Lung Programs at Atrium Health

At Atrium Health, we aim to detect lung cancer early. Learn more about lung cancer screening and the incidental lung nodule programs.

About lung cancer screening

What is lung screening?

Lung cancer screening is quick and painless. We use a low-dose CT (LDCT) scan to take a detailed 3D picture of your lungs, using a small amount of radiation (up to 90% less than a conventional CT scan). The lung CT scan may show normal, healthy lung tissue. Or it may show a small, round growth (nodule) or other findings like emphysema (a lung condition that causes shortness of breath). Any abnormal findings will be carefully reviewed by our expert team and a diagnosis and treatment plan will follow when needed.

What are the benefits of lung screening?

The main benefit of screening is that it reduces the risk of dying from lung cancer. Screenings can find lung cancer early, before any signs or symptoms appear – and when it's more likely to be treatable.

Lung cancer screening guidelines

Experts recommend yearly screenings for people with a high risk of lung cancer. Your risk for lung cancer depends on your age and smoking history.

You may be eligible for lung screening if you:
  • Are 50 to 80 years old
  • Smoked cigarettes in the last 15 years
  • Have a 20 pack year smoking history, for example:
    • 1 pack of cigarettes per day for 20 years or more
    • 2 packs of cigarettes per day for 10 years or more
    • 1/2 pack per day for 40 years or more

If you’re eligible and decide to be screened for lung cancer, it’s important to be screened once a year, every year, until you’re no longer considered to be at high risk of developing lung cancer. Still not sure if you're eligible? Take a quiz to find out.

Insurance coverage

Most major insurance plans and Medicare do cover lung screening, though some have different requirements for screenings to be covered. For instance, some plans like Medicare may only cover screening for ages 50 to 77. To understand cost and coverage, contact your insurance provider. You may also contact the Atrium Health pricing line at 704-355-0900. Mention “Low Dose CT - Code 71271.”

Help to quit smoking

If you’re still smoking and are ready to quit, our tobacco cessation program can help. We can prescribe medication to manage your urges, identify your smoking triggers and help you come up with a plan to quit. Learn more or call us at 844-375-9355.

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