The United States Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that people at risk for lung cancer receive low-dose CT screening for early detection of lung cancer and prevention of lung cancer deaths. Yearly lung cancer screenings are recommended for people 55-79 years old who have smoked a pack a day (or more) for 30 years and either continue to smoke or have quit in the past 15 years.

Lung cancer screening using low-dose CT scanning can be a key component in the early-detection process. With early detection, 85 percent of cancers can be found in the earliest, most easily treated stages.

Mercy is launching a lung nodule screening program. Lung nodule screening involves a low cost, low dose CT for possible early detection of lung cancer. Talk to your doctor to see if you qualify.