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MCCG's Cancer Life Center Offers Free Lung Cancer Screenings

MCCG's Cancer Life Center Offers Free Lung Cancer Screenings

Free Screenings for the First 50 Patients Who Qualify 

MACON, GA (Tuesday, November 12, 2013) – Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among both women and men in the U.S. and in Georgia. The American Cancer Society estimates 228,190 new cases will be diagnosed in 2013 and 159,480 people will die of the disease this year. Approximately 5,000 of those deaths will take the lives of Georgians, outnumbering deaths related to breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.

In an effort to increase survival rates for those with lung cancer, the Cancer Life Center  at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will provide 50 free CT scan lung screenings for the first 50 patients who contact the Cancer Life Center. To qualify, patients must be a current or former smoker between the ages of 50 and 74, and must smoke or have smoked two packs a day for 10 years or one pack a day for 20 years.

“The five year overall survival rate for breast cancer is 90 percent, while the five year overall survival rate for lung cancer is only 16 percent. Early detection through screening is key to improving that statistic. If we can save even one life by offering these free screenings, it will be well worth the effort,” said Nancy White, Director of Oncology for MCCG.

For more information or to schedule a screening, please call Central Georgia Diagnostics, a service of MCCG, at (478) 633-9111.