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CHS Launches Island-Wide Lung Cancer Screening Program
Story Number is : 020518103
Catholic Health Services

Did you know lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., with most cases not diagnosed until later stages? If you are a current or former smoker and are concerned about your health, consider the new Lung Cancer Screening Program of Catholic Health Services (CHS). Part of the American College of Radiology’s Lung Cancer Screening Registry, the initiative offers low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening to those at high risk of developing lung cancer. LDCT screening, compared to standard chest X-ray, has been proven effective in detecting lung cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages.

Under the Medicare-approved eligibility criteria, you may be eligible for lung cancer screening if you are between the ages of 55 and 77, have a smoking history of at least 1 pack per day for 30 years (or 2 packs daily for 15 years), are currently smoking or have quit smoking within the last 15 years and do not currently have signs or symptoms of lung cancer. The painless, non-invasive LDCT scan takes just 10–15 minutes to complete and does not require fasting, injections or medications. Most insurances and Medicare cover annual screening for eligible patients.

CHS’s multidisciplinary team offers the education and support services you need. In addition to coordinating follow-up care based on national guidelines and established evidence-based practices, the program’s nurse navigators can answer your questions and determine whether screening is right for you. LDCT screening is provided at convenient locations across Suffolk and Nassau counties: St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center (Smithtown), St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson), Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center (West Islip), St. Joseph Hospital (Bethpage), Mercy Medical Center (Rockville Centre), St. Francis Diagnostic (East Hills) and St. Catherine & St. Charles Center for Health & Wellness (Commack).

To learn more about this program or to schedule an appointment, please call (844) CHS-LUNG (247-5864) or email to speak to a dedicated nurse navigator.

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