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Cancer Lung Screening

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer among men and women, and is the most common cause of death among those with cancer. It usually affects those over 50 with a history of lung-related illnesses. Lung cancer now claims the lives of more women than even breast cancer. More than 164,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

Symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • Chronic cough
  • Loss of weight and appetite
  • Shortness of breath and chest pains

When these symptoms do appear, lung cancer is usually in an advanced stage. While lung cancer appears to be on the decline among white and black men, it continues to rise among women of both races. Doctors estimate that because smoking is the most common cause, up to 80% of lung cancer cases could be prevented. Lung cancer takes many years to develop, but changes in the lung can begin almost immediately upon exposure to cancer-causing substances.

Second-hand smoke is another important cause of lung cancer, and is attributable to 3,000 deaths annual of those who never picked up a cigarette. Studies show that those who stop smoking can cut the risk of lung cancer in half. Exposure to radon gas, asbestos, uranium, arsenic, and certain petroleum products can also lead to lung cancer. Treatments range from radiation therapy to chemotherapy and surgery.

Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screening - LDCT

Take a proactive approach to manage your lung health. After discussion with your primary healthcare provider, you may qualify for early-stage lung cancer screening through McLaren Oakland imaging centers.

Using state-of-the-art technology, low-dose CT scans expose patients to less radiation compared to traditional CT scanners for our physicians to determine if there are signs of early lung cancer. As lung cancer is most treatable in the early stages, with these screenings we can detect lung cancer quicker, possibly even before the patient’s experience symptoms.

Screening is easy. It is a 20-second scan with no preparation.

These low-dose radiation CT scanners are the only proven-effective manner to screen for lung cancer by allowing physicians to identify small nodules and other abnormalities presented in the lung images.

To be eligible, patients must be the following:

  • Aged 55-77
  • Asymptomatic of lung cancer (not experiencing a new or changing cough, hemoptysis, significant weight loss, pneumonia, etc.)
  • A current or former smoker with at least a 30-pack-year history (former smokers need to have quit within the last 15 years)
  • A shared decision making visit, which must take place between the patient and the primary care provider. During this appointment, a physician will determine the patient's eligibility for annual LDCT, discuss the benefits and risks of screening, and provide related counseling. At this appointment, if it's determined a patient meets the requirements for a lung cancer screening, the provider can refer him or her for LDCT. 

Through CT scan screenings, early-stage lung cancer can be detected and then most likely removed by surgery. If later-stage cancer is detected, our physicians will begin treatment immediately to improve chance for effective outcomes. If during screening a questionable area is discovered, it can be closely monitored as well.

McLaren Port Huron Lung Cancer Screening

McLaren Port Huron offers low-dose CT scans for lung cancer screenings. This test helps detect lung cancer in its earliest stages in those who are considered high risk. It’s a CT image of your lungs, using a lower amount of radiation than standard CT scans.

If you have any questions:

If you require a lung cancer screening, ask your physician about having this performed at McLaren Port Huron. Below is an order form to have your physician complete.

Want to quit smoking?

McLaren Port Huron is offering a class to help you quit smoking. You can register for a No Butts About It class by calling HealthAccess at 1 (800) 228-1484 and get more information on how to quit if you go to our Smoking Cessation page .