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LUCAS Mobile Screening Unit to Visit Braxton County

LUCAS, a first of its kind, state-of-the-art mobile lung cancer screening unit, will visit, Braxton, as well as Mercer, Clay and Marion counties, during the month of April. The service offers low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans.
The service of WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals and the WVU Cancer Institute, LUCAS will be at: Community Care of Flatwoods from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 18. For an appointment, call 304-765-4400, ext. 1627. Other stops included Bluestone Health Center in Princeton from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 16. For an appointment, call 304-431-5499; Community Care of Big Otter from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 17. For an appointment, call 304-587-7301, ext. 2423; MVA Clinic of Mannington (Walgreens) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 19. For an appointment, call 304-986-2280.
The lung cancer screenings are billed to private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. Uninsured patients living in West Virginia who meet screening criteria can receive their lung cancer screening on LUCAS through the generosity of grant funding and donations. A physician’s order and prior authorization from insurance are required to get screened. Appointments must be made 14 or more days in advance of the visit to allow time for insurance pre-authorizations.
LUCAS, an acronym for Lung Cancer Screening, builds upon the success and infrastructure established by Bonnie’s Bus. In West Virginia, more people die of lung cancer than colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer combined. LUCAS travels to the 42 counties in the state without easy access to lung cancer screening.
Similar to mammography, regular lung cancer screening can detect cancer early, when it is easier to treat and cure. Both units are part of the WVU Cancer Institute Mobile Cancer Screening Program and work in collaboration with a statewide partnership of clinicians, public health professionals, and other community leaders to reduce the number of deaths from breast and lung cancer in West Virginia.
For information on LUCAS, see