Lung Cancer Screenings to Reduce Mortality

In 2015, The Medical Center Cancer Committee selected lung cancer screening as the primary cancer screening to reduce mortality. The Medical Center offered low cost lung screening for high risk individuals using the low-dose CT Scan. Eligible participants have to be between 55 and 80 years old, have a history of heavy smoking (at least a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years), who have quit smoking in the past 15 years or who currently smoke. From January through December 2015, 29 lung cancer screenings were completed.

 

The Medical Center Health & Wellness Center offered 123 opportunities and potentially reached greater than 11,000 people through cancer prevention related activities such as exercise and nutrition events and counseling, support group, speaking engagements and community health fairs. Six articles related to cancer prevention or screening were published in WellNews, a newsletter that circulates to over 50,000 homes in the surrounding area, and four Wellness Boards displayed in over 40 industries in the area were on topics including smoking and tanning beds.