Aug 21, 2013 12:41 PM by Annie Snead
Doctors say it needs to be taken just as seriously as mammograms and prostate checks.
A way to find lung cancer early on.
Sadly - lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US.
Memorial hospital has a fairly new lung cancer CT screen to find lung cancer early on.
Doctors say the scan is painless.
It allows radiologists to evaluate any abnormalities.
But because it does expose patients to radiation, there's strict criteria.
Doctors say if the cancer is caught early, it's treatable and curable.
"Cancers can be as small as a pee and be found and certainly if they look suspicious, we've found them dime size in the chest...quarter sized which would be completely unknown to the patient, a patient would not know they had that, only through this study would they be found to have that early cancer. and those patients are already in the process of being treated and helped," said Dr. Monte Golditch, a diagnostic radiologist at Memorial
"The earlier the stage we diagnose a lung malignancy the better the prognosis. Obviously the more advanced malignancy's have a worse prognosis and worse survival so that's where the mortality benefit with screening comes into play," said Dr. Bruce Suckling who runs the Lung Nodule Clinic.
The cost is $75 and they'd like patients to be within 55-75 years old, with a significant tobacco history - meaning they've smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for about the last 30 years. Patients must also not have a cancer diagnosis and they must be a current
Doctors have already found some worrisome lesions. If you think you or someone you know may qualify Call Memorial Hospital's HealthLink at 719-444-CARE (2273)