Anderson Introduces New Lung Cancer Screening

Physicians at Anderson Regional Medical Center are making a difference when it comes to lung cancer detection. Lung cancer is often left undiagnosed until the late stages when it may have spread to other areas, buy but a new low dose CT lung screening is helping many patients have a better outcome.

“Once a person develops symptoms of lung cancer, the five-year survival rate is only 5 percent to 14 percent. This screening will help us diagnose the cancer much earlier and increase the chance for survival,” said Dr. Fred Duggan, Pulmonologist.

Candidates for the low dose CT screening are individuals 55-77 years old with a significant smoking history and no symptoms. A significant smoking history includes those who are current smokers, as well as individuals who have quit smoking within the last 15 years with a smoking history equal to a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years. Most insurance companies cover the screening for patients who meet the criteria.

During the screening, a radiological technologist scans the patient’s chest to generate a 3-D image of the lungs. No medications are given and no needles are used. Patients may eat before and after the screen, and the screening only takes about 15 minutes.

“Studies have shown that the low dose CT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent for those at high risk,” said Dr. Ed Holmes, Pulmonologist.

A physician referral is required for the screening, so patients are encouraged to ask their doctor for more information.

As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson Regional Medical Center is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals and a network of clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.

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