Freedom From Smoking Program

This evidence-based tobacco cessation program, trademarked by the American Lung Association is a life-changing 7-week course to STOP TOBACCO USE!

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Quitting Smoking Tips

There are many ways to quit smoking. There are also resources to help you. Family members, friends, and co-workers may be supportive. But to be successful, you must really want to quit.

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Lung Cancer Screening

Catching lung cancer early improves your odds of survival. But the condition often shows no symptoms at first. That’s why a Low-Dose CT lung cancer screening at Owensboro Health is the best way to detect the disease in its initial stages—when treatment works best.

Ask your doctor or provider if Low-Dose CT Lung Screening might benefit your health or call our nurse helpline at 877-888-6647 to learn more.

Experts In Lung Cancer Screening

You can rest assured Owensboro Health provides excellent care because other hospitals look to us for guidance in screening for lung cancer. As one of the nation’s earliest providers of lung cancer screenings, we’ve helped save some of your neighbors’ lives. Trust us to help take care of your life, too.

Is The Screening Right For Me?

You qualify for a Low-Dose CT lung cancer screening at Owensboro Health if you’re at high risk for lung cancer.

High-Risk Criteria

  • You currently smoke or quit within the past 15 years
  • You have a smoking history of at least 30 pack years (meaning you smoked an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years)
  • You are 55 to 79 years old

The screening is for people who aren’t experiencing lung cancer symptoms. See your primary care provider if you notice potential signs of lung cancer, including frequent coughing, recurrent bronchitis, coughing up blood and shortness of breath.

FAQs

What can I expect during the screening?

During the low-dose CT lung cancer screening, you’ll lie still on your back on a long table. The table will slowly move through a round machine that takes pictures of your lungs. You won’t feel any pain, and the scan will take less than a minute.

What does a screening cost?

The maximum out-of-pocket cost for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening at Owensboro Health is $250.

Following a CT lung cancer screening a patient may require additional testing and follow up. In these situations a patient would be responsible for charges for any additional testing not covered by insurance. Medicare covers annual screenings for beneficiaries age 55 to 77 who receive a prescription for the procedure. If you have insurance through a different provider, ask the provider whether the screening is covered.

Does the screening involve risks?

You’ll be exposed to some radiation during the lung cancer screening, but less than during a typical CT scan. As with any screening, you also face the possibility of a false positive—a test result that incorrectly suggests you may have a disease. Follow-up diagnostic tests either confirm or disprove a positive screening result.

What happens after the screening?

If the results of your low-dose CT scan reveal nothing unusual, schedule another screening in a year. But if the screening shows something abnormal in your lungs, a medical professional will notify you and your primary care provider. You’ll find out whether you’d benefit from more testing, such as additional imaging or a biopsy.

Contact Us

Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center - 270-688-3600 or Toll-Free at 800-947-7102

Radiation Oncology - 270-688-3600

Hematology & Oncology - 270-688-3445

Oncology Patient Navigators - 270-688-3691 or 270-688-1946 or 270-688-3657

Outpatient Infusion - 270-688-3630

Medical Oncology (Inpatient) - 270-417-2800

Cancer Screening - 877-888-6647

Lung Cancer Screening Program - 270-688-3691 or 270-688-1946

Clinical Trials - 270-688-1938

Oncology Education - 270-688-3619

Director of Cancer Services - 270-688-3640

Cancer Registry - 270-688-3636

Your Risk Of Cancer

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Visit our online Cancer Center to take an assessment that recommends personalized ways for you to reduce your risk of cancer.

Then, learn what routine checkups can help people of your age and sex detect cancer early.

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