Providence Hospital Lung Cancer Screenings Enhance Cure Rate with Early Detection
January 30, 2017 11:53 am
Each year, more Americans die from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. The good news is that early detection of lung cancer increases the chances of a cure.
Providence Hospital now offers a new lung cancer screening program that provides early detection in heavy, long-term smokers most at risk. The screening includes a low-dose CT scan, which has proven to be more effective in detecting lung cancer than standard chest X-ray which cannot detect a tumor less than 10 mm, or about half an inch, in size. The test is painless and non-invasive.
“In the United States, lung cancer is the most common fatal malignancy in both men and women,” said Patient Navigator Marjorie Setzer, CRNP. “Approximately 175,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Our lung screening program will help us detect more cases at an earlier stage, leading to better treatment outcomes for our patients. The program will be a great asset to our cancer center and will enable us to continue offering the best screening tools to our community.”
The lung cancer screening is recommended for those over age 55 who are or have been heavy smokers.
Screenings are conducted at Providence every Wednesday. Some medical insurance will cover the cost of the screening if referred by a physician. For those who do not have a physician referral or choose not to get one, the cost is $99. Appointments for a screening can be made by calling 251-639-2043.
Founded in 1854 and based in Mobile, Ala., Providence Hospital offers 349 beds and comprehensive healthcare for emergency, cardiovascular, cancer, orthopedics, obstetrics and surgical services, as well as an outpatient diagnostic center and a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center. Providence Hospital has been designated a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama for spine, hip and knee surgeries, reflecting a high level of performance in patient safety and outcomes. For more information, visit www.providencehospital.org or call 251-633-1000.
About Providence Health System
On the Gulf Coast, Ascension operates Providence Health System, based in Mobile, Ala., and Sacred Heart Health System, based in Pensacola, Fla. Together, these Ascension healthcare facilities have served Gulf Coast communities for more than 160 years and they employ more than 6,600 associates. Across the region, Ascension provided more than $113 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more on Providence Health System, visit www.providencehospital.org.