Lung cancer is currently the leading cause of cancer death in both men
and women in the United States and early detection is the key to survival.
Recently Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) has begun offering lung cancer screenings
with the latest imaging technologies. For eligible individuals, annual
screenings are covered by Medicare and private insurance.
Current and former smokers age 55 to 77, who have smoked within the past
15 years, with a history of smoking at least one pack of cigarettes a
day for 30 years or more, should consider getting screened. Both private
insurers and Medicare offer coverage for annual LDCT screening for lung
cancer among eligible high-risk individuals who meet all the eligibility criteria.
If you do have certain symptoms, like a chronic cough, it could be a sign
that you have a lung condition that should be evaluated and treated before
the screening. This is to avoid any potential false results.
As with all medical procedures, LDCT is not completely without risks. Your
primary care physician can assist you in weighing the benefits and potential risks -
to make the best decision for you. If you choose to have a screening done, it is important that you have
it done at a clinic with specialized medical expertise.
OMC’s lung screening team is made up of a dedicated team of specialists
that includes radiologists, pulmonologists, cardiothoracic surgeon, and
oncologists. OMC performs screenings with the latest imaging technologies,
such as low dose computed tomography (CT) scans, using trusted imaging
techniques (protocols) that lead to accurate results, offering the expertise
of experienced lung cancer experts when necessary. They offer a complete
range of services for people at risk for lung cancer, including support
to help you quit smoking, and the latest lung cancer treatments.
Pulmonologists Dr. Biplab Saha, and Dr. Praveen Datar practice at OMC Pulmonology,
located at 1115 Alaska Ave., Suite 114, West Plains, 417-257-5950.