Should you get a lung cancer screening?

Should you get a lung cancer screening?

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New guidelines recommend a yearly low-dose CT scan to check for lung cancer in people considered at high risk for the disease. New guidelines recommend a yearly low-dose CT scan to check for lung cancer in people considered at high risk for the disease.
Little did Dwayne Edmonds know that a CT scan at Fort Sanders for abdominal pain would also reveal a nodule in his lung. He got the bonus of a lung cancer screening without even planning for it. Little did Dwayne Edmonds know that a CT scan at Fort Sanders for abdominal pain would also reveal a nodule in his lung. He got the bonus of a lung cancer screening without even planning for it.
Fort Sanders offers the lung cancer screening for people who meet the criteria. The scan costs a flat $150. Fort Sanders offers the lung cancer screening for people who meet the criteria. The scan costs a flat $150.
"They were able to reduce the mortality of lung cancer by about 20 percent by screening," said pulmonary specialist Dr. Gregory Lemense. "It makes a big difference. And we obviously have a lot of high risk patients." "They were able to reduce the mortality of lung cancer by about 20 percent by screening," said pulmonary specialist Dr. Gregory Lemense. "It makes a big difference. And we obviously have a lot of high risk patients."

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - If you've ever been a smoker, is a lung cancer screening right for you?

New guidelines recommend a yearly low-dose CT scan to check for lung cancer in people considered at high risk for the disease.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force came up with the recommendations this month.

They call for  annual scans for people ages 55 to 80 who've smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years and either still smoke or have quit within the last 15 years.

The latest research shows the CT scan is more accurate in identifying lung cancer in its early stages in comparison with other types of tests.

Little did Dwayne Edmonds know that a CT scan at Fort Sanders for abdominal pain would also reveal a nodule in his lung. He got the bonus of a lung cancer screening without even planning for it.

"It was a surprise," said Edmonds.

He smoked two packs a day for years, so a CT scan under the new guidelines would have been a good idea for him anyway.

Fort Sanders offers the lung cancer screening for people who meet the criteria. The scan costs a flat $150.

We checked and found fewer than a handful of insurance companies that pay for this type of test, even though studies show it's saving lives.

"They were able to reduce the mortality of lung cancer by about 20 percent by screening," said pulmonary specialist Dr. Gregory Lemense. "It makes a big difference. And we obviously have a lot of high risk patients."

Edmonds is grateful doctors found his lung problem before it could become cancerous.

"I've got 12 grandkids. I want to make sure I see them all grow up," he said.

If you have questions, be sure to ask your doctor to see if this is right for you.

According to the latest research, more than 25 percent of people screened will have a finding that leads to further testing.

For more on Fort Sanders' pulmonology program, click here.

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