Entering its third year, Adena Health System’s free lung cancer screening program has saved lives, while becoming a national model for excellence. The no cost lung cancer screening provides CT scans for people at high risk for lung cancer and helps set them on a path towards better health.
Since it began in Nov. 2014, more than 2,000 people have been screened. Of those, 20 have been diagnosed with lung cancer, one was diagnosed with breast cancer, and other patients have been found to have heart aneurysms, tumors and other conditions they may not have known about until it was too late, thanks to the free CT scan.
“Our most recent Community Needs Assessment shows Lung Cancer is the second leading cause of death in our region,” explained Adena’s Interim President and CEO. Dr. John Fortney. “We understand the importance and community benefit in having Adena offer programs like our free lung screenings, our smoking cessation programs and other lung health initiatives year-round. November being designated as Lung Cancer Awareness Month gives us an opportunity to remind everyone that Adena is here to help them with their lung health needs.”
Adena’s free lung cancer screening is a simple, painless, low dose, non-invasive CT scan that easily identifies tumors or lesions, which may need medical attention.
People who should consider having a lung CT scan include anyone:
- Between the ages of 55-74;
- Quit smoking fewer than 15 years ago; and
- Have 30 “pack years” of smoking in their recent or distant past. A “pack year” is calculated by taking the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day and multiplying it by the number of years the person smoked. Therefore, a two-pack a day smoker, who smoked for 15 years is considered a 30-pack year smoker and should be tested.
If you or a loved one falls into this recommended group, please consider setting up a lung cancer screening. Like a mammogram, people in the above groups are recommended to have a lung screen each year for the greatest chance of survival in the event of a lung cancer diagnosis.
To schedule a free lung cancer screening, call (740) 542-LUNG (5864).