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For High Risk Patients, Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives

This year alone, Lung Cancer is expected to take more than 150,000 lives in this country. That accounts for more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths, making it the leading cause of cancer death among men and women.

While research seeks a cure, there is another approach to cutting into those numbers — early detection.

Research has confirmed that a low dose Computed Tomography (CT Scans) of the chest can detect potential tumors that a normal chest X-ray can’t, and this early detection can save lives.

“The chances of surviving lung cancer can be as much as 10 times greater by catching
it at an early stage,” says Scott Abel, MD, Chief of Radiology at Lowell General Hospital. “For those who qualify, this 15-minute screening can be a life saver.”

Earlier in 2015, The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced it would cover Low Dose CT (LDCT) for Lung Cancer Screening for its beneficiaries that meet certain risk criteria. In addition, under the Affordable Care Act, as of 2015 this service is now covered by many health insurance providers.

Those who smoke a pack a day or more over many years are at the highest risk for developing lung cancer, and screening is not a substitute for taking personal measures to prevent this deadly disease.

Lowell General Hospital is proud to be an American College of Radiology (ACR®) designated Lung Cancer Screening Center.

If you believe you may be a candidate for this screening, contact your primary care physician.

“The best way to prevent cancer is to not smoke cigarettes, or quit if you already do,” Abel says. “But for those who are at a high risk, access to this test gives us greater ability to catch lung cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable.”

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