Advanced Medical Imaging Strives to Snuff Out Lung Cancer
Advanced Medical Imaging (www.AMImaging.com) reminds us that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. According to the Lung Cancer Foundation, more people die from this disease than the other three leading cancers (breast, prostate, colorectal) combined—it accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths. The difference in mortality rate can be directly linked to lack of screening in comparison to these other forms of cancer.
Most people are not even aware that there is an easy screening option for former and current smokers. In recent years, low-dose CT scans have made screening much easier and more affordable and yet many people who qualify for insurance-covered screenings are not aware of the opportunity. The CT procedure is simple, fast, with minimal radiation exposure, similar to that of a mammogram. Patients getting scanned do not have to undress and the scan itself takes under a minute. These tests are so effective because they allow the cancer to be detected when it is at a smaller, more treatable stage than after symptoms have already appeared. Someone with symptoms should speak to their doctor immediately and this simple scan would no longer be a good fit for diagnosis. People without symptoms who believe they fit the scan criteria should talk to their primary physician about getting a referral to Advanced Medical Imaging for a low-dose CT scan.
Advanced Medical Imaging is located at 7601 Pioneers Blvd. Contact them today by calling (402) 484-6677, or visit their website at www.AMImaging.com.