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Initial evaluation for free lung cancer screening

Posted by boston.com  March 20, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Addison Gilbert Hospital:

Pennbrook Elementary School's community health fair being sponsored by Georgetown High School and district school nurses will take place on Saturday, April 5 from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.  This will be held in conjunction with a Pancake Breakfast provided by the Kiwanis Club.    This will be a fun and educational event for the entire family.
 
Beverly Hospital and Beverly Radiology Associates will offer an initial evaluation for a free low-dose chest CT screening for lung cancer.   The screening is for individuals who meet the established National Comprehensive Cancer Network's (NCCN) high-risk criteria.  Persons between the ages of 50 and 74 who have smoked at least an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for twenty-five years may meet the criteria and qualify for a free screening.   To learn if you meet the criteria, an initial assessment is required and may be taken at the health fair on April 5 from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.  It is not required that you be a resident of Georgetown, all are welcome.   The initial screening only takes a few minutes and those meeting the criteria will be provided an appointment date, location and time.
 
While private insurers and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) do not currently cover low-dose CT lung screening and most hospitals charge a self-pay of at least $350.00 for the screening, Beverly Hospital is determined to help bring awareness and accessibility of this testing to all people at no charge.
 
Please note:  This screening does not obligate you to return to a Beverly Hospital facility for any further screening, for further evaluation of any findings, or any other services that Beverly Hospital provides.  

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