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Fulton County Medical Center

Lung Cancer Screening

Why depend on luck to discover an early lung cancer? Routine mammography andcolonoscopy save many lives by discovering breast and colon cancer at an early curable state; why not screen for lung cancer?


Early Detection is Key

Early detection and diagnosis of a lung nodule, which may be cancerous, provides the best chance for a cure. Lung cancer has been one of the leading causes of cancer related deaths in the United States as well as in Fulton County. There is now clear evidence that screening people at high risk for lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan leads to 20% fewer deaths from this disease. At FCMC , we offer a low-dose screening CT scan to identify nodules or other findings suggestive of lung cancer which can then be managed by one of our specialists.

What is a Lung Nodule?

A pulmonary nodule is any "spot” in the lung that is less than 3 centimeters in diameter. Often these nodules cause no symptoms and therefore go undetected. The majority of nodules are found through testing performed for other reasons, such as x-rays or CT scans for pneumonia or abdominal pain. While most pulmonary nodules are benign and can come from an infection or scar tissue from old infection, some are early signs of lung cancer and require prompt evaluation.

Lung Nodule Screening

FCMC provides rapid evaluation and referral for treatment of pulmonary nodules by a team of skilled specialists including primary care physicians, thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, interventional radiologists and a nurse practitioner.

This team works together to:

  • Thoroughly evaluate each nodule
  • Develop a comprehensive individualized plan of care utilizing the most advanced technologies
  • Significantly reduce the time from detection to treatment.

The FCMC Lung Cancer Screening Program recommends screening for the following individuals:

  • 55-79 who have smoked the equivalent of one pack daily for 30 years
  • 50-79 who have smoked the equivalent of one pack daily for 20 years and have one additional risk factor

Additional risk factors are: Radon exposure, Asbestos exposure, Cancer history, Strong family history of lung cancer, Significant second hand smoke exposure, COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis

Lung Cancer screenings are not for patients with active cough, hemoptysis, and shortness of breath. (These patients will require a regular CT scan of chest)

Screenings are $99 and are NOT covered by insurance.

Lung cancer screenings at FCMC require a physician order and a scheduled appointment.

To Schedule an appointment please contact us:

717-485-6107