November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that Hills & Dales General Hospital offers a low dose CT (Cat) Lung Cancer Screening Program.

Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer—taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. It is the second most common cancer in both men and women (with the exception of skin cancer). The National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST) found a 20% reduction in lung cancer-related mortality in current and former smokers screened with low-dose CT as compared to traditional screenings (chest x-ray).

To be eligible for this screening, a patient must meet the following criteria:

  • 55-77 years of age;
  • have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer (i.e. chest pain, shortness of breath, chronic coughing, weight loss/loss of appetite, etc.);
  • have a 30-pack years (computed by # of packs/day x years smoked = pack years) or greater history of tobacco smoking;
  • be a current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years;
  • and have a written physician order/referral following a discussion and assessment by your doctor.

Hills & Dales General Hospital will perform these lung cancer screenings with their state of the art 128-slice CT Scanner. The screenings are performed with a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan, which will detect nodules (spots) on the lungs. This screening coupled with appropriate follow-up care can significantly reduce lung cancer deaths.

Medicare and many other insurance providers are covering Lung Cancer Screenings. Check with your insurance provider regarding coverage.  For questions, please ask your primary care physician or call our Radiology Department at 989-912-6235.

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