McLaren Northern Michigan lung cancer awareness initiative

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, taking more lives annually than breast, prostate, and colon cancer combined.

In recognition of November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) at McLaren Northern Michigan is participating in the Lung Cancer Alliance “Shine a Light” event.

Colleagues at McLaren Northern Michigan are encouraged to wear a small flashlight to provide hope, inspiration, and support for those impacted by lung cancer.

“Early detection of lung cancers can improve overall patient outcome,” stated Elena Coppola, DO, Oncologist at KCI at McLaren Northern Michigan. “Our lung cancer screening program allows us to detect lung cancer earlier so we can engage all members of the care team, making a bigger impact on each and every patient.”

At KCI of McLaren Northern Michigan, there is a dedicated lung nurse navigator who assists patients that have an abnormal lung CT scan. “I have the opportunity to meet with patients on their journey of lung cancer. I make sure that patients receive the needed follow-up and timely testing. I work towards patients receiving an early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer,” stated Jeanne Melton, RN, OCN, Lung Nurse Navigator at McLaren Northern Michigan.

“For the patients, it is more than the results or diagnosis. Each individual has unique needs and circumstances. I am able to navigate patients through a complex health care world, finding support services, assistance in education, and just be the go to person for patients.”

The Lung Cancer Alliance is dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering those living with and at risk for lung cancer. For more information visit

To learn more about lung cancer screening program, visit or call (800) 248-6777.