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Lung Screening Saves Lives: Aspirus Offering Screening Event in Wausau

August 1 is World Lung Cancer Day


Christopher Peterson, MD, Aspirus Board-Certified Oncologist, (R) Britta Wolter, Aspirus Nurse Practitioner

Many people are aware of the importance of mammograms and colonoscopies, but few are aware that a scan can help detect one of the deadliest cancers of all – lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. And Aspirus Health is making it easier to find earlier so it can be treated earlier.


“Low-dose CT scans can find very small cancers on the lungs that otherwise wouldn’t have been detectable,” explains Dr. Christopher Peterson, a Board-certified oncologist at Aspirus Cancer Care. “We can now find them very early, before any symptoms are present, so we can remove them at a very early stage.”


"When we’re able to identify cancers earlier, we’re more often able to cure those cancers,” he explains.


Aspirus Health offers a lung cancer screening program for individuals at high risk.


“We created the lung screening program to centralize and streamline the entire process for our patients,” says Britta Wolter, Nurse Practitioner at Aspirus Pulmonary & Critical Care.


Dr. Peterson recommends lung cancer screenings for patients who have a significant smoking history and are healthy enough to likely have a good outcome if identified. In general, this includes:

  • Current or former smokers (quit in the last 15 years)
  • Ages 50-77 (80 for private insurance)
  • More than 20 pack years (smoking one pack a day for 20 years, or the equivalent)
  • No existing symptoms of lung cancer such as coughing blood or chest pain


For those meeting this criteria, Aspirus Cancer Care – Wausau will be holding a lung screening event on Friday, September 22, 2023. Screenings will take place between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Call 715.847.2284 to reserve your spot or to learn more.


When a patient is confirmed to be a candidate for a low-dose CT scan, the test is then scheduled for the patient.


Dr. Peterson adds, “low-dose CT scans are painless and quick.”


Aspirus Cancer Care – Wausau

215 North 28th Avenue

Wausau, WI 54401



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