Breathe a little easier. Get screened for lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women — more than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center offers low-dose CT lung screening to individuals who are at high-risk for lung cancer.
About the Program
Screenings can find lung cancers at an early stage when the chances for treatment success are much better. Through the Mercy Health Lung Cancer Screening Program, eligible patients will receive a low-dose CT of the chest. The exam is quick and painless. No medications are given and no needles are used. All you need to do is hold your breath for six seconds while the CT is taken.
Who Can Enroll?
Only individuals at high-risk for lung cancer are eligible for the lung cancer screening program. We follow the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)'s definition of individuals who are at high-risk for lung cancer. The NCCN defines high-risk as:
Ages 55 to 74 and
Current smoker or former smoker who has quit in the past 15 years and
Smoking history of at least 30-pack years. The American Cancer Society defines 30-pack years as:
One pack a day for 30 years
Two packs a day for 15 years
What is the Cost?
Cost for the screening is $99. Because insurances will not be billed, patients are responsible for the entire charge. Should additional or follow-up services be required, insurances will be billed as appropriate.
How to Enroll
To enroll, call 616-685-5203. The intake coordinator will ask you a few questions to confirm your eligibility.
About Lung Cancer
According to the Amercian Cancer Society, lung cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer for both men and women in the United States and Michigan. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for 87% of lung cancer deaths. To learn more about lung cancer and lung cancer screening, please visit the NCI's website and the ACS's website.
Have questions about low-dose CT lung screening? Please contact us at 616-685-5203. You can also find more information from the June 7, 2013 Mlive.com live chat with Dr. Tom Gribbin, Medical Director of Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, and Laura Van Heest, Education Coordinator with Tobacco Free Partners.
Watch a Video about the Low-Dose CT Scan
Resources to Help You Quit Smoking
The best thing you can do for your health is to not smoke or use tobacco products. For help with quitting, talk to your doctor or call the free Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669). Click here for more Quit Smoking resources.