Thursday, June 06, 2013
Free CT Scans for Lung Cancer
FREE CT Scans for Lung Cancer
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Your best defense is early detection.
The Lung Center at CentraState Medical Center, in conjunction with Freehold Radiology Group, is now offering free, low-dose CT screenings, using a state of the art 64 slice CT scan, for those individuals considered at high risk for developing lung cancer. Participants will be screened once a year for three years. To receive the free CT scans, participants must:
- Be a current or former smoker age 55 to 74.
- Have smoked for 30 pack years or more (1 pack a day for 30 yrs, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.).
- Still be smoking or have quit in the past 15 years.
CT scans have an advantage over chest X-rays for lung cancer screening because they can detect cancer at its earliest stages, including tumors that are only 1 centimeter. Early detection of lung cancer can increase the five-year survivorship rate by 20 percent.
For more information, and to determine your eligibility, please contact nurse navigator, Sharon Lorfing, at 732-637-6365.
CentraState’s Cancer Program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer as a “Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program.” This accreditation body sets standards for cancer care programs in the U.S., promoting a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. CentraState’s Cancer Program is an affiliate member of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG). Through this affiliation, we are able to access the latest breakthroughs in cancer research and clinical trials of the Cancer Trial Support Unit (CTSU) of the National Cancer Institute.
CentraState Healthcare System is a non-profit community health organization consisting of an acute-care hospital, a health and wellness campus, three senior living communities, a charitable foundation and a Family Medicine Residency Program, sponsored by UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.