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Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

Family Health Care, Oncology, Orthopedics, OB Health Services: Caribou, ME

Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

Laferriere, Shawn

“We have the technology to provide Low Dose CT, Lung Cancer Screening. This screening can identify potential problems in early stages when treatment can be most effective.”

Shawn Laferriere,
D.O. Chief Radiologist

A grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation has provided Cary Medical Center with the opportunity to promote the importance of Low Dose Lung Cancer Screening. Lung cancer is the 3rd leading cancer in the United States and takes more lives than any other cancer in Maine. In 2020, 2.2 million people were diagnosed with lung cancer in the US. While the numbers are concerning, there is progress being made in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services, along with healthcare providers throughout the nation, are working hard to educate people about lung cancer risks and help more people who are current and past smokers get screened. Like many cancers, early diagnosis of lung cancer can lead to better treatment outcomes.

You can learn more about Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening here: Download brochure 

Please review the guidelines for screening below. If you believe you are eligible for the screening, speak to your primary care provider (PCP). You must receive a referral from your PCP to have this procedure. If you do not have a PCP we can help. See the contact form below.

Smoking is the major cause of lung cancer. We are working with the Aroostook County Action Program to promote ‘Freedom from Smoking’ an evidence based smoking cessation program. If you are a current smoker and would like to quit, please fill out the contact form below and we will send you more information.

 

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Having a Primary Care Provider (PCP) is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. If you do not have PCP we can help. Pines Health Services has a number of providers accepting new patients. To have the Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening, you must be referred by your PCP. If you want assistance with getting established with a Pines PCP please see the contact form below. The form also contains other services or programs that may be of interest to you. Please check all that apply. Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services are here for you. Together we are creating healthier communities.

Guidelines for screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for screening:

Have a 20 pack-year or more smoking history, and
Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years, and
Are between 50 and 80 years old.

A pack-year is smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for one year. For example – person has 20 pack-year history by smoking one pack a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years.

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Screen Aroostook for Lung Cancer is made possible thanks to funding support from Maine Cancer Foundation.

Maine Cancer Foundation’s grant is offered as part of their ongoing efforts to reduce cancer incidence and mortality in Maine.