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Regular screenings recommended for those at risk of developing lung cancer

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CASPER, Wyo — Lung cancer is responsible for 25% of all cancer deaths, killing more people than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined according to the American Cancer Society.

In recent years lung cancer cases have continued to decrease, in large part due to reduced smoking rates but also due to advances in early detection and treatment.

Currently, low dose CT scans are the only proven method of screening for lung cancer, and Outpatient Radiology in Casper is the only accredited facility in Wyoming to provide low dose lung cancer screening to every patient at risk.

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The American Cancer Society recommends yearly lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan (LDCT) for certain people at higher risk for lung cancer who meet the following conditions:

  • Are aged 55 to 74 years and in fairly good health
    and
  • Currently smoke or have quit smoking in the past 15 years
    and
  • Have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history. (A pack-year is 1 pack of cigarettes per day per year. One pack per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years would both be 30 pack-years.)

The good news is that 75% of patients screened do not have lung cancer, but early detection will lead to improved outcomes for those who have developed the disease.

Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance carriers cover low dose lung cancer screenings and even if yours doesn’t, Outpatient Radiology will still offer you a scan and peace of mind.

Lung cancer low dose CT screening; It’s covered, it’s proven, and it’s simple to do. Act now and make your appointment today by calling 307-232-5012 or visiting https://caspermedicalimaging.net/contact/.