With a wider definition of who is considered high risk for lung cancer, the disease could be caught at an earlier stage--and lead to an increase in survival.
Lung Cancer Screening
Early detection can save lives, especially for current and former smokers.
If you are a current or former smoker, you’re at risk for lung cancer. If doctors find the disease early, when the tumor is located only in the lungs, up to 75 percent of people survive five years or more. Many of these patients are cured.
The gold standard for identifying lung cancer early uses computed tomography (CT) scans. Henry Ford Health was part of a national study that found CT lung screening reduced the chance of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent, compared with chest X-ray screening.
Should I have a CT scan to check for lung cancer?
We work with you and your doctor to see if early-detection screening makes sense for you. Not all current or former smokers need a CT scan to screen for lung cancer. We recommend CT scans for people who:
- Are 50 – 77 years old
- Have no signs or symptoms
- Have smoked at least a pack a day for 20 years or more (20 pack-years), or the equivalent (for example, you may have smoked two packs a day for 10 years)
- Are a current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
- Have not had a chest CT scan within the last 12 months
Henry Ford’s Lung Cancer Screening Clinic
Henry Ford's specialized Lung Cancer Screening Clinic screens people to identify potential lung cancer as early as possible.
The clinic brings patients together with pulmonologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and smoking cessation counselors. We work together with radiologists, oncologists, surgeons and other cancer specialists to help you manage your health condition and achieve your health goals.
What is involved with having a low-dose CT scan for lung cancer?
We offer a comprehensive screening process, centered on your needs. Generally, it involves:
Get help to quit smoking
The No. 1 way to reduce your risk for lung cancer is not to smoke tobacco. If you already use tobacco, you can lower your lung cancer risk if you quit smoking.
Ready to quit? Our tobacco treatment services can start you on the journey to a tobacco-free life.
Are you eligible for lung cancer screening?
Lung cancer screening CT scan locations
South Central Michigan/Jackson
You can select the location nearest you to make an appointment for a lung cancer screening:
- Henry Ford Hospital
- Henry Ford Macomb Health Center - Chesterfield
- Henry Ford Medical Center - Brownstown
- Henry Ford Medical Center - Cottage
- Henry Ford Medical Center - Fairlane
- Henry Ford Medical Center - Sterling Heights
- Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
- Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
Henry Ford Allegiance Health is committed to your long-term lung health, and we will follow up with your care after your lung screening. As part of our lung cancer screening program, one of our radiologists will review the results of your screening, based on recommendations from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network®—a not-for-profit alliance of 25 of the world’s leading cancer centers. Your follow-up care may include periodic CT scans to monitor your lung health and ensure your highest quality of life.
We are proud to be designated as a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance. With this designation, the Lung Cancer Alliance recognizes Henry Ford Allegiance’s ongoing commitment to responsible, high quality screening practices.
For more information on lung screenings, please call (517) 205-2388.
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