Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U.S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer has been the only one not subject to routine screening - until now.
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women worldwide.
- Nearly 160,000 Americans die of lung cancer each year.
- Through early detection, we can save lives
Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we know that CT lung screening can save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer.
Low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is quick, easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. Mercy Lung Center, a program of Mercy Cancer Center, is determined to raise awareness and improve access to this screening for all people at high risk. Therefore, we are currently offering a very low-cost LDCT lung screening for $50 to individuals who meet the established high-risk criteria.
Please note that very low-cost lung cancer screenings are part of a special one-year program offered at Mercy, valid May 2013 – May 2014. In the future, these screenings may be offered at a greater charge, at which time the patient will be notified of the charge before the screening is scheduled.
Qualification Criteria for Low-cost Lung Screening
You may qualify for a low-cost LDCT lung screening at Mercy Medical Center if you fall into one of these categories:
- You are between 55 and 74 years old.
- You are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years.
- And you have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years.
- You are between 50 and 74 years old.
- You have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 20+ years.
- And you have one additional lung cancer risk factor (not to include secondhand smoke). Risk factors for lung cancer include having cancer in the past, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, a family history of lung cancer and exposure to certain substances (including asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, radon, silica and uranium). Your health care provider can help you determine if you have one of these other risk factors.
Schedule a Screening
If you think you meet the criteria, request a low-dose CT lung screening using our online form
or call 330-489-1300
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You will need to complete a brief questionnaire to confirm that you qualify.
Please note: You do not have to be a Mercy patient to receive this low-cost screening. However, to be eligible for a low-cost screening, you must obtain an order from your primary care physician for the testing.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is CT screening?
Computerized tomography (CT) screening uses special X-ray technology to obtain image data from different angles around the body and then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross section for body tissues and organs.
What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?
The goal of LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat.
How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?
Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent in people who are at high risk.
How is the exam performed?
LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The exam takes less than 10 seconds. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changed, as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least six seconds while the chest scan is being taken.
What happens if the LDCT shows an abnormal finding?
All results from your LDCT lung screening are forwarded to your primary care physician. Mercy Lung Center will review your findings and recommend follow-up care based on national clinical guidelines. Our Lung Team, consisting of dedicated medical experts and a Lung Nurse Navigator, is committed to prompt and personalized care whether it is offering reassurance about benign findings or providing expert follow-up care for suspicious results.
Smoking Cessation Programs
If you’ve tried to quit smoking in the past, keep trying! Each attempt will help you reach your goal. Millions of people have quit smoking. You can too! Mercy Medical Center’s tobacco cessation program has many resources to help you quit. For more information, call 330-430-2759
or visit cantonmercy.org/smoking-cessation.
For questions or to learn more about Mercy Lung Center, call 330-458-4214 to speak with our Lung Nurse Navigator.