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Breathe Easier: Lung Cancer Screening Program

A lung screening 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.

Take charge of your lung health
If you’re a long-time smoker age 55 to 80, you’re at a higher risk for developing lung cancer. National studies have shown a low-dose CT (computed tomography) lung screening can diagnose early stage lung cancer, when it can be more effectively treated. Early detection is critical. 

Benefits of a lung cancer screening  
  • It can detect lung cancer long before symptoms are present.
  • Identifies 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.

Simple scan with precise capabilities 
With precision and quickness, a CT scan can help doctors visualize your lungs with extreme 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.

Get Screened. Breathe Easier.

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.  

Here’s why:
  • We will educate you about benefits and risks of a lung cancer screening to help you make an informed decision.
  • Low-dose computed tomography with expert radiological interpretation.
  • Interdisciplinary lung nodule review by physicians for every positive screening result.
  • A thorough follow-up report and recommendation is sent to your primary care physician.
  • Immediate access to experts in the treatment of lung cancer.
  • Patient Navigator will help coordinate care, answer questions and provide support.

Locations

St. Mary’s of Michigan and St. Joseph Health System offer these convenient locations:
 
St. Mary’s of Michigan Towne Centre
4599 Towne Centre Road
Saginaw, MI 48604
stmarysofmichigan.org


St. Joseph Health System
200 Hemlock
Tawas City, MI  48764
(866) 246-4673

     

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