Baptist Health Corbin: Early Detection of Lung Cancer
Early Detection of Lung Cancer in Corbin, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Kevin Croce, MD, Diagnostic Radiology:
Lung cancer is the number one cause of death among all the other cancers that we see in our population in the United States. What’s interesting about lung cancer, though, is there are screening tools that we can use that actually help improve treatment and detection, so that our survival rates can be a lot higher than what they are now.
Lung cancer screening, fortunately, is painless. It involves no needles. It involves going through a CAT scan and taking pictures of your chest to look at your lungs. The benefits of that short and painless procedure are great for being able to find cancer early. You have to meet certain criteria to be eligible for screening. One is you have to be between ages 50 and 80, and you have to have a smoking history that’s significant for smoking, about a pack a day for approximately 20 years.
We want to make sure that the people of Corbin and this area have easy access to the screening services we offer right here in Corbin. It’s very easy to get to, and there’s minimal wait time to get these studies done. They are very quick and easy procedures. Because they are short and they’re painless and don’t require a lot of preparation to get done, we can get you scanned pretty quickly without having any issues or having to drive far away.
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