Schedule a Lung Cancer Screening Today

Talk to your primary care provider to determine if a lung cancer screening is right for you.

Author: Liz Kovac

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States. However, if detected in its early stages, lung cancer is more curable. "We know that routine screenings save lives," said Dr. Shalini Thoutreddy, Oncologist at McLaren Lapeer Region. "Advocate for your health and talk with your primary care provider to determine if a lung cancer screening is right for you." If you are in need of a primary care provider, call (810) 667-5714.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer

  • A cough that doesn't go away
  • A cough causing you to bring up blood
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling of the face and neck
  • Arm pain or weakness
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss

Who is most likely to get lung cancer?

"Smoking causes the majority of lung cancer cases," said Dr. Thoutreddy. The more and longer you smoke increases your risk of getting lung cancer. You also increase the risk of those around getting lung cancer due to second-hand smoke.

Who should be screened for lung cancer?

  • Those between the ages of 50 and 80
  • Current or former smokers with at least a 20-pack-year smoking history

Schedule a lung cancer screening today.

McLaren Lapeer Region offers a specialized program for those eligible to receive a chest CT scan. This screening is covered 100% by most insurances.

Candidates must have a written order and have completed a consulting session with a physician or nurse practitioner. This discussion will include the benefits and risks of screening, the importance of abstaining from or quitting smoking, and the possible need for follow-up testing and treatment. Talk with your primary care provider if you think this screening is right for you.

Remember, it's never too late to quite smoking.

Call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669) for FREE information and referral services to Michigan residents who are ready to quit smoking.

How can I learn more?

You can schedule an appointment with a lung cancer specialist by visiting