Area smokers aged 55 to 77 who currently smoke or who have quit in the last 15 years may be eligible for a low dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening, which can help diagnose the disease in its earliest stages and save lives. Shore Medical Center and the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health are offering eligible people free consultations by appointment with a physician to determine if low dose CT screening is right for them. Sessions will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Shore Cancer Center between 8 a.m. and noon. Space is limited.
During the consultation, a physician will review the individual’s medical history and determine if they are a good candidate for low dose CT screening; discuss the pros and cons of this type of screening; and for those who still smoke, he’ll review smoking cessation program options, as screening is not a substitution for quitting smoking.
Early stage lung cancer typically has no symptoms and cannot be detected on a chest X-ray. Typically when symptoms do arise, like chronic cough or wheezing, symptoms are brushed off by the individual as simply a side effect of smoking. Low dose CT scans provide multiple cross section images of the lungs, and uses up to 90 percent less radiation than standard chest CTs and X-rays.
The free 20-minute consultations with internal medicine specialist Dr. William Hooper, Jr., of Shore Physicians Group, are by appointment only. To schedule your appointment, call 609-653-3992. Shore Cancer Center is located across the street from Shore Medical Center, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point, NJ.
About the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health
Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health is a regional chronic disease prevention coalition funded by the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Cancer Control and Prevention. Its purpose is to reduce the state’s cancer burden and improve health outcomes for people with, or at risk for, cancer and other chronic diseases in Atlantic and Cape May counties. For more information on Comprehensive Cancer Control visit www.njcancer.gov. Shore Medical Center is the lead agency for Atlantic and Cape May Counties.