Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, causing more deaths than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined. Results of the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial showed that current and former heavy smokers who received a low-dose CT scan over a three-year period reduced their risk of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent.
The McLeod Lung Cancer Screening Program is a new service that uses low-dose CT scans to screen high-risk individuals for lung cancer. A lung CT scan can detect tiny spots or nodules on your lungs years before they may be seen on a regular chest X-ray.
According to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, you should consider a lung cancer screening program if you:
- are between 55 to 74 years of age and you have had a 30 or more pack-year history of cigarette smoking (30 pack-year is equivalent to one pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years)
- do not currently exhibit any symptoms of lung cancer
- have quit smoking within the last 15 years
- are interested in being screened for lung cancer
The McLeod Lung Nurse Navigator will contact those interested in the Lung Cancer Screening Program to review their medical history and any symptoms they may be experiencing.
Participants in the McLeod Lung Cancer Screening Program will receive:
- a low-dose CT scan*
- a professional reading and interpretation of findings by a McLeod Radiologist who will either recommend a one-year follow-up or further testing
- free smoking cessation counseling
- results sent to your primary care physician
- a letter informing you if your scan was normal or a follow-up call from the Lung Nurse Navigator
- referrals to a pulmonologist or cardiothoracic surgeon if anything of concern is detected on the scan
* Please note that CT scans to screen a person without symptoms for lung cancer are not covered by Medicare or most insurance companies. The cost of the screening CT scan is $200.
If you are interested in learning more about the McLeod Lung Cancer Screening Program, please contact McLeod Lung Nurse Navigator Summer Bryant-Cook at (843) 777-5640.