Lung Cancer Screening
The Thoracic Oncology Program at the UF Health Cancer Center at Jacksonville offers
lung cancer screenings using a safe, low-dose CT scan.
The American Lung Association endorses facilities which use a team of experts for
lung cancer screening procedures. UF practices multidisciplinary care from the departments
of Radiology, Medicine and Surgery to provide the best management for our patients.
Video: Low-Dose CT for Lung Cancer Screening
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for lung cancer screening?
You should be screened for lung cancer if you are:
- A current or former smoker
- Age 55 to 74 years
- Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack a day for 30 years, two
packs a day for 15 years, etc.)
These people are in the group at highest risk for lung cancer. The risk for lung
cancer is different for each person. If you are not in this group, talk to your
doctor about your your concerns.
Should I get a CT scan to screen for lung cancer?
Speak with your primary care physician about getting a CT scan to screen for lung
cancer. Research has shown that detecting small lung cancers early with computed
tomography (CT) reduces lung-cancer-specific mortality by 20 percent.
What happens if I choose to get a CT scan for lung cancer?
UF Health Jacksonville employs "best practices" for lung cancer screening. This
means a multidisciplinary team of experts will clearly explain the procedure and
process. Patients will be told of any risks with the screening as well as how the
office will follow up with them after the initial screening.
What does it cost to have a CT scan for lung cancer?
The out-of-pocket/up-front cost is $325 to the patient. For most health insurance
providers, this is not a covered service for lung cancer screening at this time.
The initial cost to the patient covers the low-dose CT scan as well as consultation
with a board-certified pulmonologist to discuss the results and next steps to be
taken if any. Any additional testing or evaluation performed as a result of recommendations
arising from the screening exam are not free of charge and will be billed to insurance.
Call 904-244-8677 to make an appointment for your consultation