In recognition of lung cancer awareness month, Sampson Regional Medical Center will offer a limited number of free vouchers redeemable for a low dose CT screening of the lungs.
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.
When speaking on the importance of this screening, Tim Cradduck, director of radiology at SampsonRMC’s Outpatient Diagnostics Center said, “Cancer screenings offer piece of mind. Screenings, when used as part of an individual’s annual preventive health check-ups, allow providers to see any abnormalities within the lungs before they may even notice symptoms, most often catching the cancer in the early stages.”
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.
Vouchers are limited on a first-come, first-serve basis and do require a physician referral.