Glendive Medical Center Encourages Lung Screening for Smokers

Glendive, Montana, November 29, 2017 - After three years of offering lung screenings, Glendive Medical Center (GMC) is pushing their CT lung screening more than ever for smokers in an effort to detect lung cancer earlier. The screening is for high risk patients, typically between the ages of 55-77, with a 30 pack a year smoking history, a current smoker, or someone who has smoked in the past 15 years.

The US Preventative Services Task Force made a Grade B recommendation for lung cancer screening as earlier stage detection carries a better prognosis than late-stage detection. Over 200,000 cases of lung cancer occur yearly, with a combined five-year survival rate of 16%. "Early detection is critical in ensuring a good prognosis," states Dr. Kevin Maxwell, Radiologist at Glendive Medical Center, "CT examinations have proved to be an excellent tool in the effort of finding nodules."

The screening only takes minutes and must be arranged with a visit to a primary care provider. Patients can make an appointment with their provider by calling Gabert Clinic at 406-345-8901.