Syracuse is pilot market for lung cancer awareness campaign
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse is one of 15 markets targeted with a multi-media public education campaign about lung cancer screening.
Syracuse is targeted because of the presence of screening centers of excellence.
The campaign urges people to assess their risk for lung cancer and promotes getting a CT scan.
The US Preventative Services Task Force recently came out with a recommendation for high-risk patients to get CT scans to detect lung cancer, which is a shift in testing procedures.
US health officials recommend CT scans for patients they believe are at a high risk for lung disease.
They say people between the ages of 55 and 79 who have smoked for 30 years and smokers who quit within the past 15 years should try the screening process.
Edna Case was 18 years old when she started smoking - and continued the habit for nearly 40 years.
"Quitting smoking is difficult - extremely difficult - and I went through all the programs the hospital had, but was not successful," she said.
But five years ago -- Case kicked the habit, but she was still concerned about the lasting impact on her health.
So she took advantage of the opportunity to take part in getting a low-dose CT scan at Upstate University Hospital.
The program uses unique software to detect lung cancer at its earliest stage.
The push for more people to use the screening arrived after a trial study by the National Cancer Institute compared chest X-rays and CT scans.
They compared the effectiveness of chest X-rays and CT scans for screening lung cancer. After a three-year follow-up with those tested, medical professionals found that CT scans were more effective.
The program for the screening at Upstate costs $235 and the scan takes about 30 seconds.
To find out more about the program call Upstate at 315-464-8668.
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