According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women over the age of 55, exceeding colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. That is why Sampson Regional Medical Center is reminding both men and women that preventive care and annual screenings are important for their health. Lung cancer, when diagnosed early, is treatable.
A low dose computerized tomography scan (known as CT or CAT) of the chest produces detailed images of the lungs and other structures located inside the chest. The low dose scan exposes you to less radiation than you would receive from a normal CT scan of the chest. Individuals with a high risk of lung cancer should have this screening added to their annual preventive health plan.
During the month of November, Sampson Regional Medical Center will offer a limited number of free low dose CT scans for lung cancer. Individuals interested in receiving this free screening must speak to their primary care provider to see if they qualify. Vouchers are limited to Sampson County residents and must be used within 30 days of physician referral.
If you are concerned that you are at high risk of developing lung cancer, call your provider to find out if your risk factors qualify you for this free screening.
*Physician Referral Required
For more information on SampsonRMC's low dose CT screening for lung cancer along with patient risk factors, click here.