Lung and Esophageal Cancers

A simple screening can save your life

Targeted therapies and technolgy advancements to detect, diagnose and treat lung cancer.

Central Michigan Lung Cancer Screening

If you or someone you love is a current or former smoker with a history of smoking a pack of cigarettes or more a day, talk to your doctor and consider a low-dose CT for lung cancer screening.  It could save your life.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States, responsible for more deaths each year than colon, pancreatic and breast cancer combined. Fortunately, it’s also the most preventable. With innovations in targeted therapies, technology and diagnostic tools, we’re applying these significant advancements to detect, diagnose and treat lung cancer.

Benefits of a lung cancer screening

  • Detect lung cancer long before symptoms are present.
  • Identify the cancer’s stage to help your doctor decide the best course of treatment.
  • Early diagnosis can reduce the risk of death by up to 20%.
  • Screening is noninvasive, painless and only takes a few minutes to complete.

With precision and speed, a CT scan can help doctors visualize your lungs with accuracy and detail. Computed tomography uses an imaging device which rotates around your body and a very powerful computer to create cross-sectional images of the inside of your lungs. Our advanced CT scanner offers the optimal combination of low radiation exposure and a short examination time while maintaining high quality images.

Determine If You’re High-Risk
High-risk category 1:

  • Age 55-80 years (77 for Medicare)
  • Asymptomatic; no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Have smoked 30 pack years or more (1 pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.)
  • Currently smoking or have quit smoking within the last 15 years

High-risk category 2A:

  • Age 50 or older with 20+ pack year history AND one additional risk factor (family history of lung cancer, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or exposure to certain carcinogenic substances)

Insurance Coverage
Medicare covers an annual low-dose CT lung cancer screening for beneficiaries who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 55-77 years
  • Asymptomatic; no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Tobacco smoking history of 30 pack years or more (1 pack a day for 30 years, OR 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.)
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • Receive a written order for a low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening from a primary care physician.
  • Most private insurances now cover all or a majority of the screening cost. St. Mary’s of Michigan and St. Joseph Health System also offer a reasonably priced self-pay option.

Schedule Your Lung Cancer Screening
Call our Lung Cancer Screening Program at 989-907-8893 to learn more about the screening, your options and to schedule your appointment at St. Mary’s of Michigan (in Saginaw and Standish) or St. Joseph Health System. The peace of mind that comes from knowing your every breath is our top priority will help you breathe easier.

 

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