Through the Mercyhealth Lung Cancer Screening Program, the lungs of a person who is at an increased risk for developing lung cancer are scanned to look for lung nodules, assess and categorize lung nodules and track lung nodules. This provides early detection and intervention, which offers a greater chance of positive outcomes.
The US Presentative Services Taskforce has recently updated the lung screening recommendations* to include individuals who:
- Are age 50-80
- Have at least a 20 pack-year smoking history
- Are currently smoking or quit within the past 15 years
Your health and well-being are very important to us. If you meet the above criteria, we encourage you to make an appointment with your health care provider to discuss importance of regular lung cancer screening and follow up care. After the initial meeting and baseline scan, plan to meet with your provider at least yearly to reassess your situation and so your provider can order a low dose CT lung screening, as needed.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Lung Cancer Screening Guide provides information about the screening program, lung cancer risk, and other valuable information. We encourage you to read this guide and discuss the program with your provider.
* Please note that insurance payors have up to one year to implement these new recommendations. We encourage that you contact your insurance company and request that they follow these new guidelines.