MCH Lung Screening Program
Medical Center health system is proud to introduce the MCH Lung Screening Program; a new service
that uses a series of low-dose CT (computed tomography) scans to screen high risk individuals for lung
cancer, the only one of its kind in the area.
Screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans is safe and effective. It has been proven by a recent
study to be essential to achieving early detection. It can help diagnose the disease before symptoms
appear and reduce death from some cancers among high-risk smokers.
According to the National Comprehensive Cancer network™ (NCCN™),
high-risk individuals include:
• People 55 to 74 years of age who have a 30 or more pack-year history of cigarette smoking (30
pack-year is equivalent to one pack per day for 30 years, two packs per day for 15 years, etc.)
• People 50 years or older who have a 20 or more pack-year history of cigarette smoking and an
additional risk factor for lung cancer, such as:
o Exposure to radon or occupational carcinogens, such as silica, cadmium, asbestos,
arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, coal smoke, and soot
o A previous cancer such as lung, lymphoma, head & neck, or smoking related cancer
o A family history of lung cancer
o Lung disease such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis
Individuals who fall into either group should consider participating in the program, although the NCCN™
states that there is more evidence and consensus for screening in the first group.
MCH lung screening program includes: •
A series of 3 low-dose CT scans •
Provided once per year over a 2-year period •
At a cost of $300 per scan •
The program also includes the assistance if a Nurse Navigator
education, finding community programs, follow-up, and smoking cessation resources
, also available at MCH.
A physician’s order is required to participate. Once you and your physician have determined that this
program is right for you, contact our Nurse navigator at (432) 640-2689 to make your appointment.
Visit these websites for more in-depth information on lung cancer and lung cancer screenings.