Garden Park Medical Center is expanding its reach of care.
It now offers a low dose lung screening procedure. Roughly 8 million smokers are at risk each year of developing lung cancer. Only 18 percent who are diagnosed survive five years.
The new procedure is simple. Qualifying patients are sent through the scanner three times while doing simple breathing exercises.
Registered C.T. Tech Amy Mullen says it’s a less than five minute procedure that could have a life-long impact. “Lung cancer is actually the leading killer in men and women. It’s something that we’re loving to be able to offer for our region. It reduces a little of the risk of late lung cancer detection because early detection will save lives.”
To qualify you must be 55 to 80-years-old and have a heavy history of smoking. If you do qualify, the procedure is covered with insurance and carries no co-pay.