Geisinger’s lung cancer screening program promotes early detection
DANVILLE, Pennsylvania. – Geisinger’s lung cancer screening program, launched over the past year, is the best way for at-risk patients to receive annual screenings essential for early detection of lung cancer.
When caught early, lung cancer is easier to treat, and screenings are an important diagnostic tool in the process. Cancer screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies are familiar to many patients, but fewer are aware that they might be eligible for annual lung cancer screenings.
Lung cancer is responsible for most cancer-related deaths in men and women in the United States, and lung cancer screens are non-invasive diagnostic tests that can help detect cancer in its early stages. .
During screening, a specialized scanner is used to take a detailed computerized image of the lungs. This low dose CT scan is painless and uses 75% less radiation than a traditional CT scan. Screening only takes a few minutes and regular activities can be resumed immediately after the scan.
“Think of lung cancer screening like you think of any other preventive exam,” said Matthew Facktor, MD, thoracic surgeon and director of the lung cancer screening program at Geisinger. “It’s necessary to stay on top of your health, and your doctor can help you decide if screening is right for you. “
Patients are eligible for annual lung cancer screening if they do not have symptoms of lung cancer and meet all of the following criteria:
• You are between 55 and 77 years old
• You smoked for 30 packs of years (on average smoked one pack per day for 30 years, two packs per day for 15 years, etc.)
• Currently smoke or quit within the past 15 years
After the analysis, the results are analyzed by the comprehensive screening program and shared with the patient and doctor, who will collaborate if further testing is needed.
“You and your doctor will work together to create a plan based on your particular needs,” said Dr. Facktor. ”
For more information on lung cancer screening at Geisinger, visit geisinger.org/lungcancerscreening or call 570-600-6883.
Geisinger is committed to making it easier to improve the health of the more than one million people it serves. Founded over 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes nine hospital campuses, a health plan with over half a million members, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is boosting the savings of his hometown in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars a year. Learn more at www.geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.