CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) — The WVU Cancer Institute’s LUCAS (Lung Cancer Screening) mobile lung cancer screening unit will visit Lewis, Tucker and Marion counties next month to offer low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans.
According to a press release from WVU Medicine, the screenings can be billed to private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare—though a physician’s order and prior authorization from insurance are required to get screened—and uninsured patients living in West Virginia who meet screening criteria can receive free lung cancer screenings on LUCAS because of grant funding and donations. Appointments must be made 14 or more days in advance of the visit to allow time for insurance pre-authorizations.
The mobile screening unit travels to the 42 counties in West Virginia without easy access to lung cancer screening. According to the release, more West Virginians die of lung cancer than colorectal, prostate and breast cancer combined.
The technology LUCAS uses can detect cancer early, when it is easier to treat and cure, according to the release.
LUCAS is scheduled to be in the following places at the following times:
- Family Medical Clinic of Jane Lew from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 11. For an appointment, call 304-884-7880.
- Lewis County High School in Weston from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 12. For an appointment, call 304-226-5725 ext. 132.
- St. George Medical Clinic in Parsons from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 13. For an appointment, call 304-478-3339.
- MVA Clinic in Fairmont from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14. For an appointment, call 304-367-8736.
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