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Lung Cancer

The #1 Cause of Cancer-Related Deaths in the United States

Couple hikingLung cancer, primarily caused by cigarette smoking, is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Most lung cancers are detected when they cause symptoms (i.e. coughing, shortness of breath, weight loss and fatigue). By the time symptoms are present, the cancer has most likely spread outside of the lung and is more difficult to treat.

One of the keys to more successful treatment of lung cancer is the early detection of the disease. That is why it is important to be screened before symptoms develop.

A recent national study conducted by the National Cancer Institute found that low-dose helical CT screenings were more effective than chest x-rays in finding lung cancer at an early stage when the cancer is more treatable. 

For $180*, you will receive a low-dose helical chest CT scan, which will be read by a physician. The results will then be reviewed with you. As a participant in the Lung Cancer Screening Program, two additional CT Scans over the next two years or as clinically indicated are available for the same low cost.

You will need a physician to order this screening prior to scheduling an appointment.

*Check with your insurance carrier for possible coverage details.

Who is eligible?

If you meet the following criteria, you would be eligible for this screening.

  • Age 55 to 77 years AND
  • ≥30 pack per year history of smoking AND
  • If you are a former smoker, your date of quitting was within the last 15 years

Click here for an online calculator to determine your history of smoking number - a calculation based on the number of cigarettes per day is available. 

For more information, call a Lakeland Health Oncology Nurse Navigator at (269) 556-2884 or (269) 556-2885 

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