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Radiology to Begin Offering Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

January 26, 2017

Beginning on Feb. 1, the Wilbarger General Hospital Radiology Department will begin offering Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening. This preventative screening measure is to lung cancer what a mammogram is to breast cancer when it comes to detecting cancer at its earliest stages.

While lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer in America – with 160,000 Americans dying from it every year – early detection can increase the five-year survival rate for stage 1 lung cancer to nearly 90%.

Lung cancer screening is quick and easy, and Medicare, as well as many other insurance companies, covers low-dose CT lung cancer screenings for people who meet the eligibility criteria.

You may qualify for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening if you meet all of these criteria:

-- Are between the ages of 55 and 77

-- Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer

-- Are a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years

-- Have smoked the equivalent of at least one pack a day for 30 years

If you qualify, you will need a referral from your doctor in order to be screened.