McLeod Encourages Life-Saving
Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Cancer ranks as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., taking more lives than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. Thanks to a National Lung Cancer Screening Trial, heavy smokers can significantly reduce their chances of lung cancer with a low-dose CT Scan over a 3-year period. McLeod urges past and current smokers to take advantage of this special program and will try to help financially qualified people to pay for these lung cancer screenings.

  • National Task Force Urges Lung Cancer Screenings for Heavy Smokers

    In 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended lung cancer screenings for adults who:

    • Are between 55 to 80 years of age and 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)
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    • 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
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  • Benefits of the McLeod Lung Cancer Screening Program Involve:

    • Low-dose CT scan,
    • Professional interpretation by 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

    Talk with your primary care physician if you’re interested in scheduling a Lung Cancer Screening.

  • Qualified Individuals Offered Lung Cancer Screening Scholarships to Cover Cost

    • The cost of a low-dose screening CT scan for a person without lung cancer symptoms is $200 if done at McLeod Regional Medical Center.
    • Medicare and most private insurances cover the cost of the CT scan if you meet the criteria for a lung cancer screening. Ages covered by Medicare are 55 to 77; private insurance will pay for those 55 to 80.
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    • Lung Cancer Screening Scholarships, funded by the McLeod Foundation’s McLeod Men’s group, are available for those who are uninsured and/or unable to pay for a Low-Dose CT Screening. For information on the scholarship, please call (843) 777-5640.
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  • Low Dose CT Scan Only One of Many Lung Cancer Diagnostic, Treatment Tools

    Special ultrasounds for the throat and chest area, as well as stents and argon laser treatments, are new tools McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research uses for lung cancer patients. Other technology lung cancer patients benefit from include PET/CT scan, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and molecular targeted therapy.