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Sharon Hershberger, Director, Public Affairs
KentuckyOne Health Imaging in London Now Offering Critical Lung Cancer Screening
London, Ky. (July 22, 2015)— KentuckyOne Health Imaging, a department of Saint Joseph London, is now offering a second location for critical screening for lung cancer, using low-dose computed tomography (low-dose CT).
Kentucky leads the nation in lung cancer deaths, but low-dose CT can help physicians diagnose lung cancer at earlier stages and hopefully reduce deaths from the disease. Though the screening has been available at Saint Joseph London, the addition of the service at KentuckyOne Health Imaging means more patients will have access to this important screening.
Low-dose CT screening is recommended for adults ages 55 to 74 years old who currently smoke, have a 30 pack-year smoking history or who have quit the habit within the last 15 years. (Pack-years are calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person smoked.)
In addition to age and smoking history, patients should have a discussion with their doctor on an annual basis to determine if screening is right for them. Patients are also encouraged to check the criteria of their medical coverage as it may differ between insurers.
Most insurance companies and Medicare cover the screening for high-risk beneficiaries.
According to National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the five-year survival rates for lung cancer are 16.6 percent, due in part to the fact that most patients have advanced stage lung cancer at initial diagnosis.
The incidence of lung cancer increases with age and occurs most commonly in those 55 years of age or older. The most important risk factor for lung cancer is smoking, which results in approximately 85 percent of all U.S. lung cancer cases.
In addition to services at the main hospital, Saint Joseph London has expanded services to a separate location at KentuckyOne Health Imaging, at 148 London Mountain View Drive, Suite 1, London, Kentucky 40741. The hospital and the outpatient center provide MRI, CT, ultrasound, bone density and general x-ray services for the community.
For more information or to schedule a low-dose CT screening, call 855.34.KYONE (59663).
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.