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Low-cost, low-dose lung CT available to smokers
Do you worry about lung cancer? A new low-dose lung CT screening at Baptist Health Paducah can give you peace of mind.
Baptist Health Paducah treated more than 200 lung cancers last year, more than any other type of cancer. More than 80 percent of lung cancers have a chance of being cured, if detected early, and the screenings offer a way to look for tumors before symptoms begin. Find out more about lung cancer in the 2013 Oncology Report.
“For certain high-risk patients, it is a benefit to screen them with low-dose CT scans,” said K. Ken Ung, MD, Baptist Health cardiothoracic surgeon. “We get pictures that are good enough to detect a half-a-centimeter nodule.”
Dr. Ung said when a nodule that small is detected, it can be removed, much like early breast cancer detected by mammograms.
The screening is available for $200 to those who meet these criteria:
- Current or former heavy smokers
- 55 to 80 years old
- Less than 15 years since quitting smoking
The cost is not covered by insurance or Medicare. It includes a CT scan and a same-day consultation with a cardiovascular specialist.
You can see if you meet the criteria by completing an online form at www.BaptistHealthPaducah.com/lung or phoning Baptist Health Line at 270.575.2918.
You will be asked to provide your name, age, tobacco smoking history and contact information.