Ascension Genesys to offer free screenings for lung cancer on Nov. 23

GRAND BLANC — In recognition of lung cancer awareness month, Ascension Genesys is offering a no-cost low dose CT screening of the lungs. The event will be Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Ascension Genesys Ambulatory Imaging Center, 600 Health Park Blvd., Suite B (lower Level), in Grand Blanc.

According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women over the age of 55, exceeding colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Most cases occur with no symptoms. That is why Ascension Genesys Hospital is hosting this event, to educate men and women that preventive care and annual screenings are important for their health. If detected early, over 80% of lung cancer deaths could be prevented.

A low dose computerized tomography scan (known as CT) of the chest is one the simplest screening exams a person can have. It’s quick and easy, completely painless and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. The entire process takes a matter of minutes. The low dose scan exposes individuals to less radiation than a normal CT scan of the chest and yields detailed images of the lungs and other structures located inside the chest. These images allow providers to see any abnormalities within the lungs before individuals may even notice symptoms, often catching the cancer in the early stages when it is treatable.

Individuals eligible for the CT lung screenings must meet the following criteria:

Be between the ages of 55 – 77 years old

Currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years

Have, at minimum, a 30+ pack year smoking history (i.e. 1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs per day for 15 years, etc.)

No appointment or early registration is necessary for the CT Lung Screening event. Mark your calendar to attend. For more information or to answer any questions, individuals may call 810- 715-0803, ext. 1356. — G.G.