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YRMC launches community-wide Lung Screening Program

To help Yuma County residents detect lung cancer earlier and begin treatment sooner, Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) recently launched a Lung Screening Program that uses new imaging technology to discover lung cancer long before symptoms develop.
 

To help Yuma County residents detect lung cancer earlier and begin treatment sooner, Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) recently launched a Lung Screening Program that uses new imaging technology to discover lung cancer long before symptoms develop.

The Lung Screening Program at YRMC uses low-dose computerized tomography (LDCT) to help detect lung cancer earlier. The lung screening program utilizes the hospital’s new 64-slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner.

“Lung cancer in the early stages is mostly symptom free and goes unnoticed,” said Dr. Abhinav Chandra, Medical Director for Yuma Regional Medical Center Cancer Center. "Without an LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat. Starting treatment in the early stages of lung cancer clearly leads to better results.”

Screenings are noninvasive and only take about 15 minutes.

The Lung Screening Program pairs the new computerized tomography (CT) scanner with YRMC’s new Lung View software, which helps to track a patient’s progress. Lung View also generates reports for a national registry to help researchers with tracking trends and research studies on lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in both men and women. However, the mortality from lung cancer exceeds the combined mortality rates from the next three most common cancers.

“That high mortality rate is due to the fact that lung cancer is usually diagnosed at a later stage,” Dr. Chandra explained. “The goal of the Lung Screening Program at YRMC is to detect cancers early and help people survive this number-one cancer killer.”
The LDCT lung screening is recommended for people who are at high risk for lung cancer, including men and women in the following categories:

  • 55 to 80 years old
  • Smoked at least an average of one pack a day for 30 years
  • Currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
Physicians recommend that people who are high risk for lung cancer receive an LDCT lung screening every year until age 80.

“This new program is a great opportunity for high-risk people in our community,” Dr. Chandra said. “Approximately one in four LDCT lung screenings will find something in the lung that may require additional imaging or evaluation.”

Common findings are lung nodules, which are very small collections of tissue. These nodules are very common and the vast majority of them – more than 97 percent – are not cancerous.

Less commonly, lung nodules are cancer. If a small lung nodule is found to be cancerous, the cancer can be cured more than 90 percent of the time.

Screenings are being conducted at Yuma Regional Medical Center Medical Plaza, located on the west side of YRMC’s campus at 1501 W. 24th Street, Suite 203.

Insurance providers may cover the cost of the screening, or if a person uses Medicare, the majority of the screening cost may be covered.

For more information about YRMC’s Lung Screening Program, call (928) 726-5864 (LUNG).

People can also take an online assessment to determine their lung cancer risk by visiting www.yumaregional.org/lungscreening.

 
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