Southern Ohio Medical Center has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment of providing local patients with appropriate lung cancer screenings. SOMC joins more than 370 screening centers across the country being recognized by the LCA.
“SOMC is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care,” Jenny Woodyard, lung health navigator at SOMC, said. “Low dose CT screenings have shown to be the only proven way to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage, helping save tens of thousands lives a year. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices nationwide.”
The LCA is dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering people living with or at risk of lung cancer. Designated Screening Centers of Excellence work to meet comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program. These standards control screening quality, as well as radiation doses and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting.
“We are proud and honored to work with SOMC as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence,” LCA President and CEO Laurie Fenton Ambrose said. “Their commitment to practicing responsible lung cancer screenings will lead to many advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow.”
SOMC offers lung cancer screenings to patients who meet the following criteria:
· Age 55-77
· Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (which means, on average, you’ve smoked one pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years).
· Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
· No history of lung cancer
· No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
Screenings are covered by Medicare/Medicaid and private insurance companies. To learn more about the SOMC lung cancer screening program, or to refer yourself or someone you know, please call 740-356-LUNG.