Staff and providers of Summit Pulmonology show their support for Lung Cancer Awareness month
Friday, November 6, 2015

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Providers and staff members at Summit Pulmonology, 601 Norland Ave #100, Chambersburg, are showing their support of Lung Cancer Awareness month.

The group donned blue shirts displaying the lung cancer awareness ribbon this week.  They hope to start conversations with their patients and community members as they show support.

“Lung cancer is a very serious disease that impacts many Americans every year,” explained Dr. Peter Jablin of Summit Pulmonology.  “Each year more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.”

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women.  They estimate over 220,000 new cases of lung cancer will be identified this year.

The leading cause of lung cancer is smoking.  Summit Health offers a low-cost lung scan to help detect and diagnose lung cancer for current or past smokers.

The Lung Cancer Screening Program uses a low-dose CT scan to help doctors detect any small masses that may become cancerous, providing the best chance for early intervention and treatment.

Candidates include anyone who meets one of these two criteria:

Group 1:

-55 to 80 years old

-Current smoker or quit within the past 15 years

-Have smoked at least 1 pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years

Group 2:

-50 to 80 years old

-Current smoker or quit within the past 15 years

-Have smoked at least 1 pack of cigarettes a day for 20+ years AND have one additional risk factor including radon exposure, asbestos exposure, lung cancer history, family history of lung cancer, COPD or pulmonary fibrosis

Medicare Guidelines:

-55 to 74 years old

-current smoker or quit within the past 15 years

-Have smoked at least 1 pack of cigarettes a day for 30+years

-Office visit with Primary Care Provider to discuss screening program

Most insurance providers cover the screening. For more information on whether your insurance plan covers the screening, or to schedule a screening, call Program Navigator Leslie Clever at (717) 217-6001.

The Lung Cancer Screening Program office is located at Summit Pulmonology, 601 Norland Ave., Suite 100, Chambersburg.