Noyes offering new lung cancer screening program

DANSVILLE – Catching cancer early is the best chance to have a positive outcome. That’s why Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville and St. James Hospital in Hornell have added a state-of-the-art low-dose lung cancer screening program.

Patients can schedule appointments immediately in Dansville and Hornell.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this program and testing at Noyes,” said Dr. J. Chad Teeters, President and CEO of Noyes Health. “Livingston and Steuben Counties have some of the highest smoking rates in New York State. It is important to catch cancer early to assure the best possible outcome. The addition of the low-dose lung screening program is a large step toward that goal.”

What is a low dose CT Scan?

The low-dose CT scan uses x-rays to create detailed 3-dimensional photos of your lungs. A minimal amount of radiation is used for this test compared to some other diagnostic CT studies.

For this painless test, patients will lay on a table as it passes through the CT scanner. The scans are read by a University of Rochester radiologist.

Who should get screened?

You, or a loved one, should be screened if you meet the following criteria:

n Are age 50-80

n Are a current smoker or have quit in the past 15 years

n Have at least a 20 pack-year history of smoking. A pack-year is 1 pack of cigarettes per day per year. So, 1 pack per day for 20 years or 2 packs per day for 10 years would both be 20 pack-years.

“Our objective is to increase access to vital diagnostic services within our communities,” said Bryan O’Donovan, St. James Hospital President and CEO. “We are delighted that through our collaboration with UR Medicine, patients can now attain this simple, life-saving screening in Dansville and Hornell.”

The program will expand to Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, in early 2022.

“Community Wellness has long been a key component of preventative medicine at Jones Memorial Hospital,” said James Helms, CEO at Jones. “With a smoking rate that exceeds the state average, we continue to encourage our community to stop smoking, however we are excited to begin offering this lifesaving screening right here in Allegany County beginning early next year. Bringing the services our community needs closer to home is one of the many benefits of being part of the UR Medicine system.”

To schedule a screening, call (877) 728-4543 or talk to your healthcare provider.

For more information, visit lungcancerscreening.urmc.edu

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