Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in our community and in the United States—but early detection is key to helping patients live longer, healthier lives. In fact, CT screenings have proven to reduce lung cancer deaths by up to 20 percent for qualifying high-risk lung patients.
Southern Ohio Medical Center has developed a lung cancer screening program to meet the needs of this high-risk lung-patient population.
Screenings are available to patients who meet the following criteria:
- Age 55-77
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (which means, on average, you’ve smoked one pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years).
- Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
- No diagnostic CT scan of the chest in the past 18 months
- No history of lung cancer
- No signs or symptoms of lung cancer (unexplained weight loss, coughing up blood)
Interested participants can be referred by a provider or via self-referral. Once it is determined that an individual meets the specific criteria, a lung screening CT scan will be ordered and covered by insurance.
To refer yourself or a patient, to see if you qualify for the program, or for more information, please call 740-356-LUNG (5864).
Lung Cancer Screening
Southern Ohio Medical Center has developed a lung cancer screening program to meet the needs of our high-risk lung-patient population.