Lung Cancer Screening - Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Cancer Screening (Low Dose Lung CT)

Beaufort Memorial is proud to be among the first hospitals in the area to introduce a new lung cancer screening program and technology designed to offer health care providers a faster pathway to lung cancer detection and treatment.

Like all cancers, the key to lung cancer survival is early detection. In 2011, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) showed that screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) reduced lung cancer deaths among a population of heavy smokers by 20 percent when compared to using chest X-rays as the diagnostic tool.

Finding Lung Cancer in its Earliest Stages

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, resulting in more than 150,000 deaths each year in the United States; a figure that is greater than the mortality rates of breast, prostate, and colon cancer combined. Lung cancer screening (LCS) using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) has been clinically proven to reduce lung cancer mortality in individuals at high risk for lung cancer.

What is Low Dose CT Screening?

Low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. We are currently offering LDCT lung screening to individuals who meet the established high-risk criteria.

Who is Eligible for Screening?

You may qualify for LDCT Lung Screening if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are between 55 and 77 years old;
  • Have no signs or symptoms;
  • Are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years; and,
  • Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years

If you think you meet the criteria, please call (843) 522-LUNG (5864) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to speak with our program coordinator to learn more about our lung cancer screening program and services.

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