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If You Have Ever Smoked, A Few Minutes Could Save Your Life

Monday, June 26, 2017

Contact: Crossing Rivers Communications

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States,” said Tim Clark, Director of Medical Imaging at Crossing Rivers Health. According to the American Cancer Society, each year more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Clark shared, “The good news is that when lung cancer is diagnosed early, lives can be saved.” Lung cancer happens when abnormal cells form in the lungs and grow out of control. These cells can form a tumor, and they can also spread to others part of the body. Smoking is a huge risk in the development of lung cancer.”


Clark adds, “If you are an active smoker or a former smoker, please consider scheduling a simple lung cancer screening- it is the only recommended screening approach for lung cancer. Spending a few minutes lying on a table and having a CT scan take detailed images of your lungs is painless and non-invasive. The images are captured using only a low dose of radiation.”


The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends these guidelines for lung cancer screening:

  • Must be 55 to 74 years old
  • At least a 30-pack-year smoking history (or equivalent, such as two packs a day for 15 years)
  • An active smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Be in relatively good health with no symptoms of lung cancer

Medicare covers asymptomatic screening yearly as well as meeting the other requirements of current 30 pack year smoker or have quit in the last 15 years. Patients not on Medicare would need to check with their insurances directly for coverage.


The most effective way to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking,” advises Clark. “Our goal is to catch very small lung cancers that are still treatable before they grow out of control.”

In addition to CT lung cancer screening and other CT scans, the Medical Imaging Department at Crossing Rivers Health offers 3D Mammography, 4D Ultrasound, MRI and Nuclear Medicine for in-patients and out-patients.