Lung Cancer Screenings

Premier Pulse     October 2020

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Many people with lung cancer do not have any symptoms when the cancer first starts. It is best to find lung cancer early before symptoms begin, when the cancer is more easily treated. This is why screening is important.

Premier Health offers screenings for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). This is a proven method of identifying lung cancer. Using LDCT technology, our staff takes images of patient’s lungs that are reviewed for indications of cancer. Results of the test are sent directly to the patient’s physician. The lung cancer screening requires a physician referral.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is made up of experts in preventive medicine and they advise lung cancer screening for people who:

  • Are 55 to 80 years old
  • Do not have any signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Have not had lung cancer before
  • Currently smoke or quit less than 15 years ago

Physician referrals for lung cancer screenings can be scheduled:

  • Via EPIC order 40868 - CT Lung Screening - CT Lung Cancer Screening
  • Central Scheduling: (855) 887-7364(855) 887-7364

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