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A small price to pay for your health

Being proactive is generally a good trait, especially when it comes to your health. Receiving the appropriate screenings can help doctors identify abnormalities and cancer sooner, before they become a problem.

“I have been a smoker on and off since I was 15 years old,” says Linda Sadowsky. “I knew there was a good chance I would have cancer so I started going in to have lung cancer screenings regularly.”

The first few times Linda was screened, the test came back clear. However, a screening done at Sanford Center for Screening in Fargo in February 2014 showed an abnormality. A biopsy was performed and the results showed cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. But thanks to Linda’s initiative to be screened often, the cancer was caught at stage 1.

“You often don’t know you have it until it’s in a rather late stage,” says Sharri Lacher, a nurse navigator at Roger Maris Cancer Center. “And then it can be very difficult to cure. But if we can catch it early enough, you have a much better chance.”

A $50 lifesaver

The screening itself takes about 15 minutes. Patients are brought down to the imaging department where they receive a low-dose CT scan of their lungs. And it only costs $50, which Linda says is money well spent.

“It’s really not that expensive,” says Linda. “Even if they don’t find anything, I’d gladly pay that to give myself a little piece of mind.”

Screenings are available to adults age 55 to 74 who are smokers or former smokers who quit in the last 15 years. No physician referral is required.

At the moment, Linda is still meeting with her doctors to determine a course of treatment.

“I am so happy with my team,” says Linda. “They tell it to me straight, and I am just so glad they offer this screening. It really is a lifesaver. And I would encourage anyone who has smoked to get in there and get screened because you just never know.”

Call (701) 234-3278 to schedule your screen.

Posted Date: December 2014