Mercy Begins Third Year of Offering Free CT Lung Scans

Continues Offer of Free CT Lung Scan

(November 13, 2012 - RockvilleCentre, NY) - Moving into the third year of its participation in international research on the value of CT lung scans in the early detection of lung cancer, Mercy Medical Center has screened nearly 650 participants and identified cancers in five individuals who otherwise might not have known of their condition.

The research being conducting at Mercy is part of the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) and is similar to a study supported by the National Cancer Institute, which announced in 2010 that such scans can dramatically reduce lung cancer deaths.

The program at Mercy continues to offer an initial CT lung scan and one annual follow-up scan free-of-charge to current or former smokers age 50 or older, and individuals age 40 or older who have never smoked but have been exposed to second-hand smoke.

Additional annual scans and any follow-up diagnostic testing recommended as a result of the screening are the participant's financial responsibility but should be covered by their insurance carriers. Results, along with appropriate recommendations for follow-up, are sent to both participants and their primary care physicians.

Since the program at Mercy began in November, 2010 more than 150 participants have received recommendations for follow-up, and five were treated for cancers detected by the screening.

Information about the study is available on line at: www.ielcap.org

Individuals who would like to apply for participation in the research should call: 516-62MERCY.

 

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