Community Hospital to provide 10 free CT lung screens to current and past smokers
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is offering free chest CT scans for the first 10 qualifying patients who are at high risk for lung cancer due to smoking. New research shows that lung cancer deaths can be reduced by 20 percent using CT screening, which finds cancers earlier than X-rays. The free screenings are made possible by an anonymous donor to Community Hospital Foundation.
To be eligible for the free CT scan, patients must be residents of Monterey County, between the ages of 55 and 80, have smoked approximately one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years or the equivalent (for example, two packs a day for 15 years) and still be smoking, or have quit within the last 15 years.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this critical diagnostic screening for those who have smoked for a good portion of their lives,” says Eric LoMonaco, director of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology. “Our goal is to identify early signs of lung cancer in our residents and get them on the path to treatment and recovery before it’s too late.”
For more information on the free CT lung screening, please contact Community Hospital’s Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology department at (831) 625-4845.
Community Hospital also helps current smokers with its Kick the Nic program offering one-on-one coaching to help people quit. People who wish to quit smoking will receive a comprehensive assessment, weekly coaching, and an evaluation of their need for nicotine replacement and/or prescription medications to help them stop smoking. As part of the program, a 30-minute introductory consultation is available at no charge and can be done over the phone. In some instances, insurance may cover part of the program. For more information or to schedule an introductory consultation, call Cardiopulmonary Wellness at (831) 883-5660.
To learn more about smoking, including videos, testimonials, resources, and other helpful tips, visit www.chomp.org/kickthenic.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, and a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/