Diagnosis and Prevention
CT Lung Screening
Lung cancer is most treatable when caught early. This November, in recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Centegra Health System is offering a free low-dose CT lung screening. This simple, non-invasive, screening can effectively check the health of your lungs by providing detailed pictures and revealing any abnormalities, even those as small as a pea.
This life-saving screening is recommended for men and women ages 55 to 74 years who have a 30-pack year history. This is the equivalent of smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years.
The CT lung screening is offered at the Centegra Imaging Centers in Crystal Lake and Huntley. A physician order is not required for this screening, however you must provide your physician’s name.
To schedule your free CT lung screening, call 815-334-5566.
Lung Cancer Facts
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States and worldwide, per the American Cancer Society. In the 2010 McHenry County Healthy Community Study, it was reported that in McHenry County, lung cancer is the leading cause of death among men and women ages 45–74 years of age.
Tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States. And smoking continues to be a problem for young people in this country—20 percent of high school students and 5 percent of middle school students were smoking in 2009.
Did you know that non-smokers who breathe in secondhand smoke take in nicotine and other toxic chemicals just like smokers do? About 3,400 lung cancer deaths happen as a result of breathing secondhand smoke, per the American Cancer Society.
And cigarettes are not the only problem. One large cigar can contain as much tobacco as an entire pack of cigarettes and the secondhand smoke it gives off can fill a room for hours. Smoking, although a major cause of lung cancer, is not the only cause. Talk to your doctor about your risks or any symptoms you may be having.
Freedom from Smoking
Smoking has been shown to cause many types of cancer. Quitting smoking is an easy way to decrease your risk of getting cancer. It’s never too late to quit smoking. Immediate benefits of quitting smoking include:
- 20 minutes after quitting smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure drop
- 12 hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal
- Two weeks to three months after quitting, your circulation improves and your lung function increases
If you want to take charge of your lung health but need help quitting smoking, join Centegra’s seven-week Freedom from Smoking class for adults. Centegra Health System and the McHenry Department of Health have partnered together to bring you an effective program that will help you quit smoking. To learn more or to register, call 877-CENTEGRA or visit our Calendar.