Take Part in Riverside's Lung Cancer Screening Program

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 12:00 am

KANKAKEE, IL (December 19, 2012) – If you or someone you love has a significant smoking history, Riverside Medical Center suggests you get screened for lung cancer. For just $99, you’ll breathe easier knowing your risks.

It is important to only screen individuals at increased risk for lung cancer. Individuals who meet high risk guidelines will meet with a lung cancer screening navigator to review personal history, a respiratory therapist to have a pulmonary lung function screen, discuss smoking cessation and then have a low dose Computed Tomography (CT) scan of the chest. A research project called the National Lung Screening Trial showed a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer-related deaths in high-risk smokers screened annually with low-dose CT scan, compared to screening with standard chest X-rays.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends a CT lung cancer screening for people 55 to 74 who have a smoking history of 30 “pack years” or former smokers who quit less than 15 years ago. A “pack year” is the number of packs smoked per day times the number of years a person has smoked. You may also be eligible for this scan if you’re 50 years or older, have a smoking history of 20 “pack years” and have one of the following risk factors:

The CT procedure is painless and quick; no drugs or injections are necessary. You will be asked to keep very still and hold your breath for the 20 seconds of the scan. The whole procedure takes only about fifteen minutes and in most cases, results are given to you at the time of the exam by the lung screening navigator.

A total of three scans are completed over a two year period. Each scan is $99 and performed at Riverside’s Bourbonnais Campus at 300 Riverside Drive. For more information, assess your risks or schedule an appointment, call Riverside Outpatient Scheduling at (815) 935-7531.

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Judy Pretto
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