If you are a smoker or former smoker, you may wonder if you could be at
risk for developing lung cancer, or worse, dying from it. Now you no longer
have to wonder. In response to recently published National Lung Screening
Trial (NLST) results, which demonstrate a clear advantage to high-risk
individuals, CaroMont Health is offering a reduced-cost CT Lung Screen
to heighten early detection and treatment of lung disease.
For $50 and 30 minutes of your time, eligible candidates can rid their
conscious of the nagging concern over having lung cancer. The NLST study
of heavy smokers compared lung CT scans and chest X-rays to discover that
getting a lung CT scan lowered the risk of dying of lung cancer.
“Fifty dollars is a very low price to pay for detecting lung cancer
at an earlier stage,” said Dr. Akbarov. “In addition to earlier
diagnosis and effective medical treatment, we can improve lung cancer
survival by 20 percent.”
Most insurance companies and Medicare do not cover the cost for a CT scan.
The overwhelming success rate in detecting lung cancer in its early stage
is unmistakably greater when a CT scan is used. CaroMont Health wants
to make the screen available to help save as many lives as possible. It’s
that simple. CaroMont Health is providing the screen for only $50 out
of pocket for eligible patients who meet the criteria.
CT lung screening is a noninvasive, painless procedure that uses low-dose
x-rays to screen the lungs for cancer in just 30 seconds. A CT lung screening
allows the radiologist to look at different levels, or slices, of the
lungs using a rotating X-ray beam. It is performed on a multi-slice spiral
computed tomography (CT) scanner and can detect smaller nodules or cancer
than standard chest x-rays. When lung cancer is detected in its early
stage, the treatment intervention can occur at a time when the cancer
is still curable. If there is a “negative” result, this means
there were no abnormal findings at the time of the scan. Higher risk persons
could still develop lung cancer if they continue their lifestyle.
Not everyone is a candidate for lung CT. If you are a current smoker, fall
within 55 to 74 years of age, and with a smoking history of at least 30
pack-years (one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years or two packs per
day for 15 years), then you are in the group at highest risk for lung
cancer and lung CT is recommended.
“Until recently, lung cancer has lacked an effective screening tool
for detecting early stages of the disease,” said Dr. Akbarov.”
We are now extremely excited that there is an affordable option offered
at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. A low dose CT scan can detect lung
cancer at earlier stages, allowing for it to be treated more successfully.”
Lung cancer accounts for the more than 150,000 deaths each year in the
country. That’s more than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined.
The reason for this large number is because lung cancer is usually detected
at a late stage, and intervention is less successful. Over 200 cases of
lung cancer are diagnosed every year at CaroMont Regional Medical Center;
72 percent are found at a late stage (stage 3 or 4).
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are 14,559 residents
in Gaston County who smoke at least 15 cigarettes per day. Most American
cigarette packs contain 15 to 20 cigarettes. The 2012 Gaston County Community
Health Assessment report revealed that the rate of smoking in the country
is higher than the rate in North Carolina (25.2 percent vs. 21.8 percent).
It’s important to talk to your doctor about future testing options.
Of course, the best way to prevent lung cancer is to never smoke or to
For more information about CT lung screen at CaroMont Health, contact Kim
Hughes, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator at CaroMont Health, 704-671-LUNG (5864).
For information about CaroMont’s Smoking Cessation Program, call
About CaroMont Health –
CaroMont Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides inpatient
and outpatient medical services within five counties and two states. CaroMont
Health employs nearly 3,900 healthcare professionals with a medical staff
membership of 455. CaroMont Health is comprised of five entities: CaroMont
Regional Medical Center, CaroMont Medical Group, Gaston Hospice, Courtland
Terrace and CaroMont Specialty Surgery.
CaroMont Health has been recognized for its quality and overall performance
by the following experts:
- Truven Health Analytics, 100 Top Hospitals for four years
- HealthGrades, Clinical Excellence Distinction for four years in a row –
2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
- Leapfrog Group, “Grade A” for Patient Safety for two years
in a row – 2012 and 2013
CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C., and can
be reached at 704.834.2000. Additional information is available at