Geisinger to hold free virtual session on lung cancer screenings

Whether you still smoke or you quit years ago, a lung cancer screening can help you stay on top of your health.

Geisinger is hosting a virtual education session for the community to learn about their risk of developing lung cancer and how they can be screened for the disease. The free one-hour event is being held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

To register for the event, you must be between the ages of 55 and 77 and currently a smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years. During the virtual event, Geisinger staff will provide an overview of a lung cancer screening and who should be getting them. Staff will also answer any questions you may have on lung cancer and care.

You are eligible to receive a yearly screening if you:

• Are between ages 55 and 77

• Have a 30-pack-year history of smoking (e.g., 1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, or other variations). During the virtual event, staff will help you calculate your pack-year history.

• Smoke or have quit smoking within the last 15 years

“If you’re concerned about your risk for the disease, a lung cancer screening is a great way to catch it early and get the right treatment,” said Dr. Matthew Facktor, general thoracic surgeon and chair of Thoracic Surgery for the Geisinger Heart Institute. “With COVID-19 still in our communities, this virtual event is a great way of continuing important discussions about your health while staying safe at home.”

Registration is required. To sign up or for more information, visit geisinger.org/LungScreening or call 570-271-5864.


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