FAIRBURY – A new lung cancer screen is now available at Jefferson Community Health Center. The program is designed to utilize CT scanning to screen men and women 55-74 with a history of smoking who meet certain criteria.
A study by the National Cancer Institute showed CT scans reduced the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent. JCHC has created a program using Low-Dose CT to screen for lung cancer for patients meeting criteria.
To qualify for a CT lung cancer screen, a patient must:
*Be 55-74 years of age
*Have a 30-pack-year smoking history
*Have a quit date within the last 15 years if they have quit smoking
*Have no weight loss greater than 10 pounds in the last month
*Have had no chest CT scan in the last 12 months
*Have a change in cough, shortness of breath or blood in sputum
Patients who are interested should schedule an appointment with their physician to discuss whether they meet the criteria. An appointment for the screening can be made by calling JCHC’s radiology department at (402) 729-6841. Results are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist and sent to the ordering physician.
If a patient’s insurance does not cover the cost of the screening, the cost is $250, payable at the time of service.
For more information, contact JCHC’s radiology department at (402) 729-6841, or make an appointment with your physician.