Tuesday, November 08, 2016
HFM Offering Lung Cancer Screening
As part of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, Holy Family Memorial is encouraging people over age 50 who are or were smokers with a heavy history of smoking to take advantage of a lung cancer screening to detect the disease early. Early detection is key in catching the disease early before it spreads and increases the chances of survival.
According to the American Cancer Society, “Some people with earlier stage cancers are cured. More than 430,000 people alive today have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and will kill more than 150,000 Americans this year. People who have smoked heavily for many years have the greatest risk of lung cancer. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older.
Every weekday, Holy Family Memorial offers a low-dose computerized tomography (CT) lung screening which is recommended for adults ages 50 or older who have one of the following history of smoking:
- 2 packs per day for 10 years
- 1 pack per day for 20 years
- ½ pack per day for 40 years
Former smokers who meet the criteria and have quit within the past 15 years are also eligible for the screening. If you are under age 50 or concerned about your risk, please talk with your physician about the screening.
Screening cost is $50. To make an appointment or for additional information, call (920) 320-6777.
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