Center for Lung Health at St. Joseph Medical Center
Lung cancer kills more people every year than breast, prostate and colon
cancers combined. It is the number one cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Many
times symptoms do not present themselves until the cancer has progressed
to later stages, but when caught early, the survival rates increase substantially.
Lung Cancer-Early Detection
The goal is simple-to detect lung cancer early and save lives. Screening
is the process of looking for cancer in patients who do not yet show symptoms.
Your healthcare provider may recommend a lung cancer screening if you
meet the following criteria:
Screening Program for Lung Cancer
The recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography
(also called a low-dose CT scan). During a LDCT scan, you lie on a table
and an X-ray machine uses a low dose of radiation to make detailed images
of your lungs. The scan only takes a few minutes and is not painful.
Once you are enrolled in our program, you will have access to a multi-disciplinary
team that will follow you throughout.
We also offer a self-pay discounted rate of $150 for those who may not
meet criteria or insurance will not cover.
If you have risks for lung cancer, speak with your healthcare provider
about whether or not lung cancer screening might be right for you.
Have questions? See our
FAQ Section or Call our Lung Health Coordinator, Michelle Boucher, 816-943-4556.
While we are dedicated to offer this lifesaving service, we encourage everyone
who smokes to quit. Quitting smoking is the best method to fight lung
cancer. We recommend the following resources to help you:
American Lung Association MO/KS–Freedom from Smoking- www.breathehealthy.org
Missouri/Kansas Quit Line- 1-800-QUIT-NOW