Five Minutes Can Save Your Life

Lung cancer screenings help detect problems sooner and may greatly increase patient survival rates

Lung Cancer Detection

Specially trained nurses provide expert, quality care at the Akbar Hasan Infusion Center, conveniently located on the hospital’s campus.

Diagnosing lung cancer as early as possible is key to the best outcomes. That’s why Henry Mayo offers lung cancer screenings on its Valencia campus.

Launched in April 2016, the screenings are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays through physician referral.

“It’s open to anyone who qualifies for the screening through Medicare or private insurance,” said Michael Collins, Director of Pulmonary Services. 

To qualify for a screening, a person must be between 55 and 77 years old, have had a minimum one-cigarette-pack-a-day habit for 30 years, and be currently smoking or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.

Collins encourages the community to participate. “I just read an article that stated there’s only about a 4 percent nationwide utilization rate for this program,” he said. “When you go in for a physical, ask your doctor if you qualify for a referral.”

The low-dose CT scan takes about five minutes and does not involve an IV contrast. It’s a preventive measure that can have a big impact. 

“If lung cancer can be diagnosed at stage 1 or 2, there’s an 85 percent survival rate at five years,” said Collins. “Our goal at Henry Mayo is to catch things earlier and give 
patients more options so they can be treated and live cancer-free the rest of their lives.” IYH