According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of death among men and women.
More than 200,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States.
The Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program is designed to help diagnose and treat lung cancer in its early stages. The prognosis is poor for patients whose cancer is detected in its advanced stages. The survival rate for those diagnosed with this disease is much greater when caught early.
If you are 55 years or older and currently smoke or you have quit within the last 15 years, talk to your doctor about a Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening. The screening helps identify small masses of tissue on the lungs called lung nodules. Most are not cancerous, but it’s still important to check and test all nodules.
Physician or self-referral, Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening should be considered an option for the asymptomatic individuals considered at high risk for lung cancer. The entire screening lasts only about 15 minutes. With a screening, you can have peace of mind knowing you are in the best of hands at OSF Saint Anthony’s.
Benefits of Lung Cancer Screening
One of the keys to more successful treatment of lung cancer is the early detection of the disease. Often lung cancer is detected in its later stages, when it has compromised the function of one or more vital organs and has spread throughout the body.
There are many types of lung cancer. Each type of lung cancer grows and spreads in different ways and is treated differently. The purpose of the Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program is to detect and diagnose the underlying medical condition that you may have at an early stage and to improve the treatment effectiveness and options.
The CT images will be reviewed for the presence of lung nodules, masses, or other abnormalities suspicious for lung cancer. That process may take a few days. You will receive a phone call with results and plan of care. The cost of this screening is $149, although most insurance providers cover it.
To schedule a Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening, call (618) 465-LUNG (465-5864).