Free lung cancer screening offered
Susquehanna Health’s Cancer Center is collaborating with radiology to offer free spiral-computed tomography screenings to people who are at high risk for lung cancer from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 30 and Sept. 27, at the Susquehanna Health Medical Plaza at Montoursville, 900 Plaza Drive.
You may be at risk and appropriate for a lung screening if you are a current or former smoker, age 55-80 or had a smoking history of at least one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years.
If you have quit smoking within the last 15 years, you also are recommended to be screened.
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women.
Using a low-dose, CT scan rather than a chest X-ray can reduce lung cancer deaths among older, heavy smokers by 20 percent due to earlier detection and treatment.
“The Susquehanna Health Cancer Center is proud to support this program through contributions from the Divine Providence Hospital Auxiliary, which will remove payment as a barrier to accessing this lifesaving cancer screening,” remarked Michelle Gaida, executive director of cancer services.
A signed physician referral is necessary to schedule an appointment for a free screening, and limited appointments are available.
To schedule an appointment, call 570-321-2545. For more information, visit SusquehannaHealth.org/LungScreening.
Additional screening dates will be announced.