JEFFERSON, Iowa – In the course of a year, Lung Cancer accounts for more deaths than Breast Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer and Prostate Cancer combined, making it the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. One in 16 people will receive a lung cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, yet 20% of them have never smoked.
The good news is early detection increases survival rates by nearly 20%. Greene County Medical Center is investing in you and your health by offering state-of-the-art preventative care through CT Lung Cancer Screenings and other services to those actively seeking respiratory care.
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the ideal time to see if you qualify for a low dose CT lung cancer screening. Qualified candidates will meet the following criteria:
- Age 50 – 80 years;
- Asymptomatic—meaning no signs or symptoms of lung cancer;
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 20 pack-years (one pack year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes);
- Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the past 15 years; and
- Receive an order from their provider for a lung cancer screening with LDCT.
“Here at Greene County Medical Center, we pride ourselves in providing patient-centered care. We do that by Investing in You and the care you deserve, including preventative care like Lung Cancer Screenings,” says Director of Imaging at Greene County Medical Center, Jennifer Miller. “We want to help you get well and stay well; and by putting your health first, we can create a happier and healthier Greene County. The best thing to do if you think you qualify for a lung cancer screening, or might be at high risk for Lung Cancer, is to talk with your provider.”
Of the eight million Americans who are at high risk for Lung Cancer, only 5.7% are being screened, even though most insurance companies accept the screenings as preventative care, which means there is no cost to the patient. The procedure is quick, easy and painless as well.
If you are in need of respiratory services for other conditions, Greene County Medical Center Care Management offers a wide variety of care options, including:
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Pulmonary Function Testing
- In-center and Home Sleep Studies
Home Oxygen Evaluations
Other Respiratory Care, such as oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, acapella® therapy, airway management and more.
All respiratory care services will need a provider referral. Talk with your provider today and schedule your lung screening and respiratory care at Greene County Medical Center. For more information about lung screenings, call 515-386-0443. For information on respiratory care services, call 515-386-0469.