Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the United States. Despite advances in treatment, lung cancer survival rates remain at less than 20 percent primarily due to the fact that it is often diagnosed late in process of the disease. If caught in its earliest stages, the cure rate for lung cancer is up to 92 percent, so early diagnosis is critical to improving outcomes and preserving the health of people with a history of smoking.
In recognition of November being designated Lung Cancer Awareness month, and following a groundbreaking national research trial that demonstrated the value of early diagnosis through low-dose CT imaging, Northwell Health is highlighting its continued efforts to identify and support proactive lung health. Northwell is offering a free online Lung Health Risk Assessment where visitors can log on and become more informed about their own lung health.
Northwell is also a leader in offering low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening in an easily accessed and convenient manner. The United States Preventative Task Force recommends CT screening on an annual basis for high risk patients. You may fit these criteria if you are:
- 55-80 years of age
- Are a current smoker, or have quit within the last 15 years
- Have a cumulative 30-pack a year history of smoking (equivalent to one pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years or three packs a day for 10 years)
Eligibility varies by insurer and you will need a prescription, so talk with your doctor before scheduling an appointment.
If you and your physician decide that this test is appropriate, Northwell offers early, late and weekend appointments in comfortable, convenient sites that are designated by the ACR and the Lung Cancer Alliance as Lung Cancer Screening Centers of Excellence. Call 855-377-3456 to arrange for a low-dose screening at one of our many outpatient imaging sites:
- Northwell Imaging at Great South Bay
- Northwell Imaging at Garden City
- Northwell Imaging at Great Neck
- Northwell Imaging at Lake Success
- Northwell Imaging at Syosset
- Northwell Imaging at Huntington
You can also arrange for an appointment at one of our hospitals:
- Staten Island University Hospital. For information, call 718-226-7700
- Glen Cove Hospital. For information, call 516-674-7540
- Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital. For information, call 855-375-5864
- Lenox Hill Hospital. For information, call 844-544-5864
- Northern Westchester Hospital. For information, call 914-666-1371
Northwell Health offers a comprehensive network of CT low-dose screening, thoracic radiologists and medical sub-specialists who can provide referrals for smoking cessation services to help current or former smokers learn how to quit and stay in the best health possible. For more information about smoking cessation, call 516-466-1980. Make November count. If you smoke or know someone who does, talk to your doctor and take steps to help protect the health of your lungs.