Piedmont HealthCare (PHC) is committed to increasing awareness of prevention and screening options for lung cancer. While November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, PHC’s dedication to this deadly disease is year-round through patient education, providing screening options, and encouraging those at high risk to discuss early detection through low-dose CT scans with their medical providers.
Those at high risk for lung cancer are current or former smokers over the age of 55. Currently, only about 16 % of the eligible population will be diagnosed at an early stage. Both Mooresville and Statesville Piedmont HealthCare CT locations are ACR accredited for Lung Cancer Screening exams*. To date, PHC has screened 2300 patients with 85 diagnosed with lung cancer.
According to the American Lung Association, “Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in America, but now there’s hope. Screening is used to detect lung cancer early when it is more likely to be curable. If lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the likelihood of surviving 5 years or more improves to 59 percent.* While you should be taking precautions against COVID-19, given the critical importance of screening for lung cancer, you should not delay this conversation with your doctor. ”
Lung.org has many useful resources including the screening eligibility quiz will let you know if you should talk to your doctor about being screened for lung cancer via a low-dose CT scan. Visit Lung.org to take the quiz and to learn more.
*The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Registry® (LCSR) is approved by CMS to enable providers to meet quality reporting requirements for receiving Medicare CT lung cancer screening payment. Participants receive quarterly reports for their facility, with peer comparisons, as well as data for individual physicians to help refine and improve lung cancer screening for everyone. (https://www.acr.org/Practice-Management-Quality-Informatics/Registries/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Registry ) Source