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Lung Cancer Screenings Can Save Lives

Medical imaging has truly changed the way cancers are detected and treated. With advanced imaging, trained radiologists can now detect some illnesses in their earliest and most formative stages. Early detection is a patient’s best chance to fight cancer and win.

Thankfully, we can add lung cancer to the list of diseases that can be detected with medical imaging. In 2014, Wake Radiology became the first healthcare provider in North Carolina to earn distinction as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Our commitment to early lung cancer detection remains strong as we offer CT Lung Cancer Screenings at six accredited locations across the Triangle.

Screenings Can Save Lives

Lung cancer screenings have been proven to significantly reduce death rates – similar to how mammograms are helping fight breast cancer. At Wake Radiology, we have the ability to detect lung cancer early on and we strongly recommend patients with a high risk of lung cancer to take advantage of this screening. Fortunately, most private insurance companies are now covering CT lung cancer screenings. This radically changes the access to this potentially life-saving screening. 

Lung cancer kills more people in the United States than any other type of cancer – more than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. In North Carolina, the nation’s leading tobacco growing state, more than 18% of adults currently smoke, a rate that’s slightly higher than the national average. Smoking continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in our state.

Screenings for People Age 55 and Up

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends lung cancer screening for adults age 55 to 80 who

  • Have a 30 “pack year” smoking history
  • Is a current smoker
  • Quit smoking during the past 15 years

 It’s easy to calculate a pack year of smoking.

  • One pack of cigarettes a day for 1 year = 1 pack year
  • One pack a day for 10 years = 10 pack years
  • One pack a day for 30 years = 30 pack years
  • Two packs a day for 15 years = 30 pack years
  • A half pack a day (0.5 pack) for 30 years = 15 pack years

 If you think you’re a candidate for a lung cancer screening, have a conversation with your doctor and consider a screening at Wake Radiology. Medicare and most insurance companies cover this screening if the patient meets their criteria. We always recommend that you verify coverage with your carrier before your appointment.

Screenings Available Throughout the Triangle

All Wake Radiology locations that offer CT lung cancer screenings are accredited and centers of excellence designated by the ACR. This means that our radiologists, technologists and staff are committed to providing safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. To receive this distinction, all of our facilities passed a rigorous assessment of our lung cancer screening protocol and have appropriate procedures in place for follow-up recommendations, including counseling and smoking cessation programs.

To schedule a lung cancer screening at Wake Radiology, call (919) 232-4700.

Source: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/smoking-rates-drop-north-carolina-not-everyone

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