Cancer is best treated when it is caught early.


Cancer is best treated when it is caught early.

Through the CBCC Foundation for Community Wellness, free cancer screenings for colon, skin, prostate, and breast cancer are offered to the community at various times throughout the year.

However, one important screening that is offered year-round here at the CBCC office is a lung cancer screening.

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death for men and women, outnumbering colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. If you are, or were a heavy smoker, you could be unaware that you are living with lung cancer.

Lung cancer usually does not present any symptoms till it is somewhat advanced, and only 15% of lung cancers are diagnosed in early stage, and often during chest x-rays for other reasons. Early stage lung cancer is not only treatable, but often curable. If you are 55-74 years old or over 50 with a family history of lung cancer, you may qualify for free lung cancer screening.

Lung Cancer Screening is now covered by Medicare Part B and all major insurances.

Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines

  • Age: 55 to 74 with no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Smoking history: Active or former smoker with a 30-pack year history (A "pack year" is the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes per day, per year. One pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years would both be 30 pack years.)
  • Active smoker: If you are an active smoker, we strongly urge you to enter a smoking cessation program. For more information on this program, you may contact CBCC Community Wellness Program at (661) 323-3238 or (661) 861-0852.
  • Former smoker: If you are a former smoker, you must have quit within the past 15 years.

To find out if you qualify, or for more information call our Patient Navigation team at (661) 865-2573.

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