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Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center offering new, early detection cancer screenings

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center offering new, early detection cancer screenings
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POSTED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 5:04pm

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in Louisiana and the entire country because it's often caught too late to treat; that’s a statistic the Mary Bird Perkins Center is trying to change.

The center now offers a low-dose CAT scan that can help in early detection. High-risk patients can get screened at reduced fees every year.

The center is even looking for grants to screen people for free, because the sooner lung cancer is diagnosed, the more likely you are to survive.

“Our goal is to try to find lung cancer at its very curable stages, but as of right now, we're diagnosing very few early stage lung cancers,” stated Vince Cataldo with OLOL. “We need an effective screening tool in order to find early-stage lung cancer to allow us to find lung cancer in the curable stages."

Right now, only 10 percent of lung cancer cases are caught early enough to be cured.

To find out if you're eligible for an annual screening, you can take a quiz on the Mary Bird Perkins website here.

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