Lung Cancer Screenings Now Available at Columbus Regional

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Web Administrator

Lung Cancer Screenings Available, Offer Early Detection

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States — more than breast, colon and prostate combined. This may be in part because so many cases are diagnosed in later stages, making them harder to treat.

Beginning in May, the Imaging Department at Columbus Regional Healthcare System will be offering screenings for individuals who feel they may be at risk for lung cancer, such as those with a history of cigarette smoking or exposure to lung cancer-causing agents that can help detect lung cancer in its early stages.

The Lung Computed Tomography (CT) Screening is a quick, painless test in which patients experience low dose radiation exposure — about the same as the average person would receive from background radiation in 1.5 years.

Results are read by a board-certified radiologist and given to the patient’s physician.  A copy of the results will be sent to the patient with a follow-up call from a registered nurse to assist in answering questions pertaining to your screening results.

“Studies have shown that early detection can help save lives, and we are pleased to be able to offer this test to those who may be at risk,” says Demir Bastug, MD, CRHS Radiologist.

“It is a quick, painless test that does not require an appointment or a physician referral.”

Insurance plans do not cover the cost of Lung CT Screening. The fee for the exam is $150 and is due at the time of the exam.

Patients who should be screened yearly are between the ages of 55 to 80, who have smoked at least an average of one pack a day for 30 years, (including those who still smoke or have quit in the last 15 years), or are over the age of 50 who have smoked at least an average of one pack a day for 20 years and have at least one other risk factor for lung cancer.

For more information about CT Lung Cancer Screenings at CRHS or to schedule an appointment, call (910) 641-8250.

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