Lung Cancer Screening Pilot for People at High Risk
Recent numbers from the Canadian Cancer Society indicate that one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.
Since June 2017, Renfrew Victoria Hospital has been taking part in a pilot project, in partnership with the Ottawa Hospital, to screen people at high risk of developing lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for women and men in Ontario. Approximately 7,100 people died of lung cancer in 2016 – more than breast, colorectal and prostate cancers combined. People are usually diagnosed with lung cancer when the disease is at an advanced stage and treatment options are limited.
Screening can detect lung cancers at an early stage, when treatment is more likely to be successful.
You may be eligible for this pilot if you are between 55 and 74 years old and have smoked cigarettes daily for 20 or more years (not necessarily consecutively).
You can be referred to the pilot by your doctor or through your nurse practitioner, or you can contact the Lung Cancer Screening Pilot for People at High Risk directly at 1-844-394-1124.
Once you have been referred you will be assessed to determine your rate of risk and eligibility to participate in the program.
More information is available at www.ottawahospital.on.ca/lungscreening