GENESYS HELPS YOU TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LUNG HEALTH Lung cancer is the number-one women in the United States. Approximately nine out of 10 cases of the disease are tied to a single behavior – smoking. The unfortunate news is that lung cancer often is discovered too late to be treated successfully. About 85% of victims die within five years of diagnosis. The fortunate news is that lung cancer is the most preventable of cancers. Innovations in diagnostic tools, technology, and targeted therapies now provide opportunities for healthcare providers to save more lives. Genesys Cancer Care Services has taken these innovative steps to reduce preventable lung cancer deaths by offering a lung cancer screening program. National studies have shown a low-dose CT 22 cancer killer in men and Innovative Health - Summer 2016 • Currently smoking or quit smoking within the last 15 years Others who can benefit from the screening are: Those aged 50 or older with a 20-plus pack-year history AND one additional risk factor (family history of lung cancer; emphysema; pulmonary fibrosis; or exposure to certain carcinogenic substances). If you would like to learn more about the lung screening program offered through Genesys Cancer Care Services, or want to schedule an appointment for the low-dose CT scan procedure, call Genesys at 866.246.4673. The screening is conducted at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc Township. A patient navigator will coordinate the process, provide education about the screening, and offer support to ensure every individual has the best patient experience possible. Results of the screening will be sent to the patient’s primary care physician. Most insurances cover all or a majority of the screening cost. Medicare will cover the screening annually for those who meet the criteria. (computed tomography) lung screening can diagnose early-stage lung cancer, the time when it can be treated much more effectively. This screening tool is recommended for long-time smokers ages 55 to 80 who are at a higher risk than others for developing lung cancer. It can detect cancer long before symptoms are present, and it identifies the stage of cancer, which helps the physician determine the best course of treatment. Early diagnosis of lung cancer can reduce the risk of death by up to 20%. The procedure is noninvasive, painless, and only takes a few minutes. It provides physicians with detailed and clear images of the lungs not previously available from other technologies. Those who can benefit from the lung cancer screening offered through Genesys Cancer Care Services include the following profiles: • Age 55 to 80 (77 for Medicare) • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer • Smoked at least 30 “pack years” (i.e., one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years) EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF LUNG CANCER CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF DEATH BY UP TO 20% CATCH YOUR BREATH!
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