November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and serves as a great reminder of how important it is to catch lung cancer early. According to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, 433 people in the United States die each day from lung cancer and two times as many woman die from lung cancer than breast cancer. Coliseum Medical Centers encourages those most at risk for lung cancer to start a conversation with your primary care physician to find out if lung cancer screening is recommended.
A low dose CT lung cancer screening is the only approved way to screen for lung cancer and is recommended for those with a history of heavy cigarette usage with no current lung cancer symptoms. CT lung screening is a non-invasive and painless test that take just a few minutes. Lung cancer screenings are covered by Medicare for patients 55 to 77 years old and by most commercial insurance plans for patients 55 to 80 years old.
Dr. Mark Hendricks, a pulmonologist on medical staff at Coliseum Medical Centers, said, "We know that the effects of smoking have a huge impact on the health outcomes of the residents of middle Georgia. CT lung cancer screening is extremely important for those with a long-term history of smoking because the earlier we can catch the cancer, the more likely we are to stop the spread to other parts of the body. This screening is truly life-saving."
Coliseum Medical Centers currently offers CT lung screening and encourage long-term smokers to ask their doctor if they are a good candidate for a lung cancer screening. For more information or to see if you meet screening criteria, call (478) 751-0571.