A study conducted by the National Cancer Institute showed a 20 percent reduction in the death rate from lung cancer and a seven percent reduction of all-cause mortality for patients screened by low-dose Computed Tomography (CT) scan compared to chest X-rays. The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) was a randomized trial of 53,454 current or former smokers ages 55 to 74 with a history of 30 or more years of smoking.
Centegra Health System has developed a CT lung-screening program that parallels the NLST criteria and now offers them for a cash pay amount of $299. The low-dose protocol delivers 10 percent of the radiation dose in the diagnostic CT of the chest.
“This screening gives patients the opportunity to be proactive and helps physicians screen for early lung cancers when they’re more treatable,” said Dr. Apurva Desai, an oncologist on the medical staff at Centegra Health System.
Huntley resident Howard Turk received the screening to find out more about his lung health and said the simple scan takes about 30 minutes to complete.
“They saw mild signs of COPD on the scans but they didn’t see any lesions that indicated cancer,” Turk said. “The screening was very easy and I was in and out. It was probably one of the best things I could do for my health because if they found something I would have been able to do something about it. The results brought me peace of mind, so I can enjoy time with my family.”
Centegra Health System currently recommends a yearly screening. For more information visit www.centegra.org/lungscreening. To make an appointment, call 815-334-5566.
Centegra also joins the American Cancer Society by recognizing the Great American Smokeout Nov. 15. Smokers are encouraged to use the date to make a plan to quit or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting smoking, people immediately reduce their cancer risk. For more information about lung cancer, visit www.centegra.org/lung.
Tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, with 45 million Americans still smoking cigarettes. To support people who want to quit smoking, Centegra partners with the McHenry County Department of Health to offer Freedom from Smoking. This seven-week program is offered at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Centers in Crystal Lake and Huntley and costs $25. If a person attends all seven sessions there is a full refund of the fee. To register for the class, people should call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).
Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System visit Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).