Lung Screening Program
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. If you are over the age of 50 and have a history of heavy smoking, you may qualify for screening. St. Joseph Health’s new lung screening program seeks to find lung cancers early, when they are most treatable, through low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). Find out if you qualify.
Lung Nodule Program
Our Lung Nodule Program identifies patients who come through our ER and may potentially have a nodule on their lung(s). If a lung CT scan is performed, that scan is also screened for possible nodules or lumps. and If a nodule is found on the scan, the patient is referred to a pulmonologist for follow-up.
More than 90 percent of nodules are benign, but some do signal a lung tumor in its early stages. Watching for and detecting lung nodules early allows specialists to diagnose cancer when it is most treatable, reducing the potential for unnecessary surgery.