CoxHealth has announced they are certified as an ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center.
The screening program will now offer smokers a better chance of survival in providing early detection of cancer.
“Lung cancer is a leading cancer killer in the United States, and kills more than colorectal, breast and prostate cancers combined,” Dr. Abe Abdalla, director of Radiation Oncology at CoxHealth, said in a statement. “In the past, by the time the cancer’s symptoms were obvious, it had become advanced and was difficult to treat. We believe that this new initiative will help save lives when coupled with state-of-the-art treatment and smoking cessation.”
The requirements for the screening are:
- Age 55 to 77
- Current smoker, or smoker who has quit within the last 15 years
- No prior history of lung cancer or treatment of other cancer in the past five years
- No symptoms of lung cancer (unexplained weight loss, coughing blood, recent pneumonia or respiratory infection)
- A referral from their primary care physician
Most insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare, covers an annual screening for eligible patients. For more information, you can call 417-730-5864.