Are You A Smoker Or Former Smoker? Free Lung Cancer Screenings Now Offered At Kennedy
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lung Screening


Are you a candidate for lung cancer screening?

Kennedy will offer low-dose CT lung screenings free of charge at the Kennedy Outpatient Imaging Center in Sewell, NJ, beginning March 1, 2014.

Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U.S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer is the only one not subject to routine screening. Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), Low-Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) lung screening can save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer. LDCT lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. Most private insurers and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) do not currently cover this type of screening, and the majority of hospitals charge a self-pay rate for this exam.

In its efforts to help bring awareness and accessibility of this testing to all people at high risk, Kennedy is will offer free LDCT lung screening to individuals who meet the established National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) high-risk criteria.

You may qualify for a free LDCT lung screening the Kennedy Cancer Center if you meet ALL the high-risk criteria in the following recommended categories:

  • You are between 55 and 74 years old
  • Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years, or 2 packs a day for 15 years
  • You are currently a smoker, or have quit within the past 15 years
  • You do not have a  history of lung cancer

The regular out-of-pocket expense for the High-Risk Lung Cancer Screening at Kennedy is $300, payable at the time of the study, but this cost will be waived for community members who meet the screening eligibility requirements.

 

Please note: While the LDCT lung screening exam is free, any additional testing or evaluation performed as a result of recommendations arising from the LDCT lung screening exam is not free of charge and will be billed to your insurance in the customary fashion.  If you meet the screening criteria and are interested in undergoing this test, please call 856-218-5324 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for more information.