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Lahey Clinic to offer lung cancer risk assessment for veterans Nov. 8

Posted by Liam O'Kennedy  November 2, 2012 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by O'Neill and Associates:

Lahey Clinic is calling on all Veterans in the area to call or come in for a risk assessment for lung cancer. We join Lung Cancer Alliance, the Vietnam Veterans of America and other screening centers of excellence across the country to honor Veterans by alerting them to their potential risks and the life-saving benefit of CT screening. 

"Low dose CT lung screening has been proven to save lives in people at high-risk for developing lung cancer” said, Andrea McKee, MD, Chair of the Radiation Oncology Department at Lahey Clinic. “We now know that one in five deaths due to lung cancer can be prevented through low dose CT screening. If you are between 50 and 74 and have a significant personal history of smoking you may be at high-risk. Please visit us in Burlington on November 8th or call us at 1-855-CT-CHEST to see if CT lung screening is appropriate for you."

On Thursday, November 8, we invite our Veterans, most of whom are at a 25-50% higher risk for lung cancer than their civilian counterparts due to smoking history and exposures to known carcinogens, including Agent Orange to call for a free risk assessment. If a low dose CT scan is needed, we will help them figure out how to get it done. 

Following the National Framework for Lung Screening Excellence and Continuum of Care, we will facilitate a discussion on risk and if necessary schedule and perform a low dose CT to screen for the disease. We encourage any and all Veterans who feel they could be at high risk to contact us for more information. 

HOW: Call 855-CT-CHEST or visit us on the Web at www.Lahey.org/LungScreening.

WHERE:  Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road Burlington, MA 01805

WHEN:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death nationally and in Massachusetts. It takes the lives of more Americans than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers—combined. Nearly 80% of those diagnosed with lung cancer today do not smoke. 

Only 15% of lung cancers are diagnosed at an early, curable stage. Today, there is scientific validation that screening those at high risk with low-dose CT scans can save tens of thousands of lives a year.

About Lahey Clinic

Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. Lahey Clinic nurses also earned Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a recognition only achieved by five percent of American hospitals. For more information please visit our Web site at www.Lahey.org.

About Lahey Clinic’s Lung Cancer Screening Program

As of September 2012, Lahey Clinic is currently offering free low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening to individuals who meet the established high-risk criteria. LDCT lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. Lahey Clinic is determined to help bring awareness and accessibility of this testing to all people at high risk. For more information please visit www.Lahey.org/LungScreening

About Lung Cancer Alliance

Lung Cancer Alliance, www.lungcanceralliance.org, is committed to ending injustice and saving lives through an alliance of advocacy, education and support. LCA provides live, professional support, referral and information services for patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer; conducts national awareness campaigns; and advocates for multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research. 

About Vietnam Veterans of America

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), www.vva.org, is the only national Vietnam veterans’ organization congressionally chartered and primarily dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans, at the same time that we live up to our founding principle of  “Never again will one generation of American veterans abandon another generation.” Therefore VVA is concerned about high risk of lung cancer in every generation of veterans, from veterans who served in WWII & Korea to those serving in Afghanistan today.

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