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Introducing a New Screening Program for Lung Cancer

OLBH now offers a lung cancer screening program that utilizes CT (computerized tomography) scanning for early diagnosis of the disease.

The new CT lung scan initiative is part of the OLBH Lung Health program. “Too often, lung cancer is first discovered accidentally when testing is being done for some other reason,” Sheila Burton, director of the OLBH Lung Health Program, said. “With our new lung cancer screening program, we are offering those who may be at risk the opportunity to have a preventative scan that could prove to be lifesaving.”

A CT scan is a quick, painless, procedure that creates a very detailed, cross-sectional image made up of x-rays taken from many angles. The scan takes less than 20 seconds to perform and does not involve any injections. As opposed to traditional chest x-rays, which only show two views of the chest (front and side), a CT scan shows more than 300 cross-sectional images of the chest, from the tip through the base of the lungs. Thus, tiny abnormalities such as those that could indicate the early stages of lung cancer can be found that would not have been seen on a chest x-ray.

In order to qualify for a low-cost CT lung screening, participants must be at least 50 years-old, have no current pulmonary symptoms (worsening cough, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, etc.), or unexplained weight loss, and meet at least one of the following criteria:
• Current smoker or a have a prior smoking history of at least a pack a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years, etc.
• Second-hand smoke exposure of at least 10 years or more.
• Occupational exposure to environmental cancer causing substances including chemicals, gases, and inhaled dust particles.
Participants may not have had a chest CT within the past six months or any of the following lung disorders:
• Sarcoid Disease
• Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
• Interstitial Lung Disease

The cost of the low-dose lung CT scan is $95 and is not covered by insurance. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call (606) 833-3999.

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