Tift Regional Medical Center has announced a new lung cancer screening program.
In a press release hospital officials said, "Tift Regional Health System's mission is to serve the health needs of our patient population as well as those of the community. In an effort to continue that mission, Tift Regional Medical Center is announcing a new lung cancer screening program available for a minimal fee to people who are at high risk for lung cancer."
The screening program is available to people ages 55 to 79 who have smoke an average of one pack a day for 30 years â" This includes current smokers or people who've quit in the past 15 years.
A scan is taken of the patient's chest using a CT scanner. The images taken of the lungs are read by a radiologist to determine if there is a need for further evaluation. The scan time takes about 10 seconds and is painless. Through this screening program, the total cost to patients for the scan will be $198.