For lung cancer, early screenings save lives

Image of medical provider checking patient lungs

When it comes to lung cancer, it’s important to get a diagnosis earlier rather than later. Early lung cancer detection increases your chances of survival and makes treatment easier.

For eligible patients, doctors use a low-dose CT scan to identify lung cancer before any symptoms start. Using special X-ray technology, images of the body are captured at different angles to show the lungs. This is done in less than 20 seconds with no needles, medications, or even a change of clothes. The result is a highly accurate image created with minimal exposure to radiation.

Because low-dose CT scans can find lung cancer at such early stages, in most cases, the cancer can be removed with surgery alone.

“Performing a low-dose CT scan gives us a 20% survival advantage, which is huge for any screening,” said Edmond Paloyan, MD, director of oncology services, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “Not too many times do we have the opportunity to prevent such a devastating disease like cancer.”

Spectrum Health Lakeland is a designated Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence and a national leader in detecting lung cancer in its earliest stages.

To find out more about the lung cancer screening program, visit spectrumhealthlakeland.org/lung or call the high risk cancer program at 269.932.9337

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