The simple scan, which takes about 30 minutes, gave Turk peace of mind.
“They saw mild signs of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) on the scans but they didn’t see any lesions that indicated cancer,” Turk said. “The screening was very easy and I was in and out.”
“It was probably one of the best things I could do for my health because if they found something I would have been able to do something about it,” he said. “The results brought me peace of mind, so I can enjoy time with my family.”
A study conducted by the National Cancer Institute showed a 20 percent reduction in the death rate from lung cancer and a seven percent reduction of all-cause mortality for patients screened by low-dose Computed Tomography (CT) scan compared to chest X-rays. The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) was a randomized trial of 53,454 current or former smokers ages 55 to 74 with a history of 30 or more years of smoking.
Centegra Health System has developed a CT lung-screening program that parallels the NLST criteria and now offers them for a cash pay amount of $299. The low-dose protocol delivers 10 percent of the radiation dose in the diagnostic CT of the chest. Centegra Health System currently recommends a yearly screening. For more information visit Centegra's website. To make an appointment, call 815-334-5566.
Centegra also joins the American Cancer Society by recognizing the Great American Smokeout Nov. 15. Smokers are encouraged to use the date to make a plan to quit or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting smoking, people immediately reduce their cancer risk. For more information about lung cancer, visit Centegra's website.
Tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, with 45 million Americans still smoking cigarettes. To support people who want to quit smoking, Centegra partners with theMcHenry County Department of Health to offer Freedom from Smoking. This seven-week program is offered at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Centers in Crystal Lake and Huntley and costs $25. If a person attends all seven sessions there is a full refund of the fee. To register for the class, people should call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).
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