If you’ve ever smoked or you’re a current smoker, the possibility of lung cancer is probably in the back of your mind. What you may not know is that 80 percent of lung cancers are curable, if they’re found early.
Enter Lung Cancer Screening and Care at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center. This program uses low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) to detect lung cancer early in people considered high-risk for lung cancer.
During a recent YRMC Healthy Conversations, Jennifer Harvey, RN, Nurse Navigator, Lung Cancer Screening and Care, highlighted how the program saves lives with early detection. You’re may qualify for Lung Cancer Screening and Care if you are:
- 55 to 80 years old (depending on your insurance provider)
- A current smoker or a former smoker who quit in the last 15 years
- A smoker with a history of at least 30 “pack years”—one pack a day for 30 years
Participants must also have no symptoms of lung cancer and be healthy enough – as well as willing – to undergo curative treatment.
Harvey also discussed Arizona’s latest lung cancer statistics (there’s some good news), provided smoking cessation resources, and responded to questions during the livestream presentation.
For more information about Lung Cancer Screening and Care, contact Jennifer Harvey, RN, at 928-771-5454 or [email protected].
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