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Published on February 28, 2011

Free CT Lung Cancer Screenings Offered

Darby, PA (February 28, 2011) - Mercy Cancer Care at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in West Philadelphia is launching a new free lung cancer screening program beginning March 1, 2011.

Individuals who have a long smoking history could qualify for the screening program. There is a limited number of these screenings being performed at no cost to the patient. They will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. The test is not invasive, taking less than five minutes to perform.

Lung cancer, which is primarily caused by cigarette smoking, is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The majority of cases aren't detected until symptoms appear. New studies have shown that low-dose CT scans can detect lung cancers at relatively early stages and reduce lung cancer deaths among smokers.

At this time, Mercy Cancer Care is the only program in the Philadelphia area that is offering free low dose CT lung screening studies -- normally a several hundred dollar cost to patients. The lung cancer screening is just one of many community outreach initiatives that provide free healthcare opportunities and education to our communities.

In December 2010, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to Mercy Cancer Care at Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals. CoC accreditation is only given to facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

A facility receives a Three-Year Approval following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

Mercy Cancer Care Lung Screening is limited to qualified individuals. Insurance is not required to qualify. An individual can call Central Scheduling to determine whether they qualify for the program. Call Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital at 610.237.2525 or Mercy Philadelphia Hospital at 215.748.9117

Ann D’Antonio

Vice President, Marketing and Communications
610.567.5334
adantonio@mercyhealth.org
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

610.731.1481
Before or after normal business hours

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
1500 Lansdowne Avenue
Darby, PA 19023
610.237.4000

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital
501 S. 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143
215.748.9000

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