People ages 55-74 with a smoking history are the focus of a new lung cancer screening initiative in Southwest Michigan. 

The Cancer Control Coalition of Southwest Michigan—of which WMCC is a member—is kicking off campaign to screen current and ex smokers at high risk using low dose spiral CT scans.  This includes current smokers as well as ex smokers who quit less than 15 years ago.  People between the ages of 55 and 74 with a 30 pack-year history (one pack a day for 30 years or two packs for 15 years) should be screened.  People with a 20 pack-year history plus an additional risk factor like exposure to radon, asbestos and certain metals or a family history of lung cancer, should consider screening. Research has found that low dose spiral CT’s are far more sensitive than chest x-rays in detecting lung cancer early.  Talk to your doctor to assess your risk and determine if you should be screened using a low dose spiral CT scan.

Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer deaths in the US.  Almost all cases of lung cancer are linked to smoking cigarettes and cigars.  If you’re currently smoking, there is free help to end your tobacco use.  Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or the Michigan Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-784-8669.  On the web, go to:  www.quitsmokingkalamazoo.com

Our owner hospitals, Borgess and Bronson, are partners in this initiative along with Allegan General, Borgess-Lee Memorial, Oaklawn, Three Rivers Health, WMU and WMed, Advanced Radiology and Premier Radiology, Healthcare Midwest and the Thoracic Surgery Institute