GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Using more cutting edge techonology when screening for lung cancer could save 20,000 lives per year, according to The US Preventative Services Task Force.
The task force issued a recommendation that says doctors should use low-dose CT scans to screen heavy smokers.
Smokers that are age 55 years or older have the highest death rate because on they have smoked, on average, for more than 30 years.
Mercy Health Saint Mary's Lacks Cancer Center offers low-dose CT scans at a reduced rate of $99.
Dr. Tom Gribbin, Director of the Lacks Cancer Center, discusses the screenings more in depth in the video link above.
More information on cancer screenings at Saint Mary's here.