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Lung Cancer Screening Program

Take an Active Role in Your Lung Health

If you are an avid smoker or members of your family have been affected by lung cancer, you should have regular lung cancer screenings. Asking yourself the question “could I have lung cancer?” is stressful, but with regular lung cancer screenings you can rest easy knowing you are doing all you can to catch this disease as soon as possible.

If lung cancer is detected, we have a skilled team of pulmonologists, oncologists, radiologists and surgeons ready to help you tackle this disease head-on.

Who Should Receive a Lung Cancer Screening?

Lung cancer screenings are usually recommended for patients between the ages of 55 and 77. A doctor may recommend receiving a screening earlier if you have significant lung cancer risk factors.

Lung Cancer Risk Factors Include:

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to radon
  • Exposure to asbestos
  • Exposure to diesel exhaust
  • Arsenic in drinking water
  • Exposure to heavy air pollution
  • Receiving radiation therapy
  • Family history of lung cancer

You should discuss your risk factors with your primary care provider. If you believe you are at high risk for lung cancer, they can provide you with a referral for a screening.

About the Screening

We use low-dose CT scans to perform the lung cancer screening. This is a quick, painless procedure that does not require drugs or injections.

Lung cancer screening should be repeated once a year after you receive your first one. These screenings are covered by most insurance carriers, but you should contact your provider to ensure coverage. You also can check with CentraCare’s Price Quote Line at 320-251-2700, ext. 53129.

For more information about our lung screening program, call us at 320-240-7867.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

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