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Lung Cancer Early Detection

Don't be scared. Be screened.



Sky Ridge is the first hospital in South Metro Denver to acquire and use the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System by Veran Medical Technologies! This system provides doctors with the ability to detect small lung lesions in earlier stages of cancer and with early detection survival rates increase from 15% (Stage IV) to as high as 92% (Stage I).

“Early detection of lung cancer is so important. The earlier the diagnosis, the more time and options we have for treatment. Veran’s new technology will help us detect lung cancer earlier, requires fewer hospital visits and will improve our patients’ outcomes.”

Dr. Surit Sharma of Sky Ridge Medical Center

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, killing more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined.  According to the American Cancer Society, more than 224,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Most lung cancer is not detected until patients are symptomatic and see a doctor. Typically by the time symptoms appear the cancer has spread and is considered late stage.

The SPiN Thoracic Navigation System is the only system in the world that allows doctors to accurately access small lung lesions via multiple approaches. This assists doctors in detecting lung cancer earlier and without the need for multiple hospital visits for diagnostic procedures.

For Dr. Sharma to be able to use this technology, detect your cancer earlier and improve your survival rate, you must be screened. So don’t be scared. Be screened.

Starting this year, Medicare and some private insurance plans cover lung cancer screenings for high-risk individuals with no out-of-pocket costs. 


What is the criteria for lung cancer screenings?

  • Age: 55-77 years old
  • Current smoker or former smoker who has quit within the past 15 years
  • 30 pack-year history
  • Asymptomatic

What are the benefits of early diagnosis?

  • Potential earlier diagnosis of lung cancer allows for earlier treatment
  • Earlier treatment is proven to increase survival rates to as high as 92%
  • Less anxiety than “Watchful Waiting”
  • Minimally-invasive procedure

To learn more, contact one of our lung cancer specialists.


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