MidMichigan Health Midland has added a member to its cancer team, a lung cancer navigator

file5631263155298A lung cancer navigator works with people at high risk for the cancer, and helps people being treated for the disease.

Abby Smith is the Navigator with MidMichigan Health. She says screenings are playing an increasingly important role in the treatment of lung cancer.

“It’s now being recommended on an annual basis and covered by insurance because it has been shown to save lives to detect lung cancer at earlier stages and increase the overall cure rate for what has been for many many years a very hard to treat and hard to detect disease.”

Smith says people who receive CT scan screenings are 15 to 20 percent less likely to die from lung cancer than those who receive standard chest X-rays.

She says lung cancer kills more people annually than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer combined.

Additional information on lung cancer screenings comes from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force website.