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November 13, 2013

DCH partners with St. Mary's for lung cancer screenings

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Heavy smoking is defined as:

• Current or former smoker who quit less than

15 years ago

• 30 pack/year or more smoking history (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.).

If you do not meet these criteria but still have concerns, please contact your primary care doctor.

Where Can I Have the Screening?

Screenings are done in radiology at 1314 E Walnut St. in Washington. A doctor’s referral is required. Ask your primary care doctor about a referral for a lung cancer screening.

What Happens After the Screening?

Your primary care doctor will let you know the results of your screening. A “negative” result means you have no abnormal findings at this time. It does not mean you do not have lung cancer or that you will never get lung cancer.

A “suspicious” result means the CT scan shows something is abnormal.

This could mean lung cancer, but it could also indicate some other condition or be non-cancerous and benign. You may need to have additional procedures and testing to determine what the abnormal finding means.

Together Daviess Community Hospital and St. Mary’s are dedicated to the improvement of survival statistics in lung cancer patients.

For more information about this service, contact Daviess Community Hospital at 254-8851 or to schedule a screening, contact your primary care physician.

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