|Lima Memorial offers free lung cancer screenings|
|Wednesday, October 30, 2013 8:35 PM|
LIMA — In observance of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Lima Memorial will offer a limited number of free low-dose lung screenings to those at high risk for the disease in November. The screening is for smokers and former smokers age 55-79 with a 30 pack-year history or age 50 with a 20 pack-year history and additional risk factors. The screenings will be funded by the Lima Memorial Hope Fund, developed to support Lima Memorial Health System patients with oncology related needs.
“For us, it really is about expanding accessibility,” said G. Brooks Brennan, M.D., Medical Director of the Lima Memorial Radiology Department. “The goal is to detect the disease process at its earliest state, to improve survivability.”
Launching the region’s first lung cancer screening program, Lima Memorial seeks to connect patients at high risk for developing lung cancer with resources for early detection. A multidisciplinary team has developed a comprehensive program to better detect, treat and educate high risk individuals against lung cancer.
“We have tailored our program considering recommendations from multiple national medical organizations and will additionally provide patients with preventative options to educate them on reducing their risk for cancer,” said Brennan.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.; each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 228,190 new lung cancer cases diagnosed this year alone and that 72,220 women and 87,260 men will die from the disease, whose leading cause is tobacco use and second-hand smoke.
For more information or to receive a screening assessment, call 419-226-5030.